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Which lifestyle choices will help lower my blood pressure?

Here’s what you can do:

  • Lose weight (if you are overweight)
  • Choose a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products, and low in meats, sweets, and refined grains
  • Eat less salt (sodium)
  • Do something active for at least 30 minutes a day on most days of the week
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you drink

If you have high blood pressure, it’s also very important to quit smoking (if you smoke). Quitting smoking might not bring your blood pressure down. But it will lower the chances that you’ll have a heart attack or stroke, and it will help you feel better and live longer.