Aim for a Healthy Weight
Make it a goal to maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 25. Your blood pressure will thank you.
If you're carrying extra weight, that weight is contributing to the development of hypertension. Several studies have shown an increased incidence of hypertension amongst obese and overweight individuals.
Weight loss has also been shown to be a highly-effective treatment for high blood pressure. One study, for example, found that weight loss of 4-5 kg or more can lower diastolic blood pressure as effectively as being on a single medication.
Losing weight can be a challenge, but the results are worth it. If you're not already on one, take a look at beth.ai's Hypertension Companion program. Beth will work with you to help you achieve your weight-loss goal.