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7 steps that can lower your blood pressure as you age

September 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Doing just one of these seven steps can lower your risk for high blood pressure as you age, although doing them all is most protective, according to a new study from the American Heart Association.

You may be able to control your blood pressure, a new study finds, by improving your score on a metric of seven heart-healthy behaviors -- doing just one appears to cut hypertension risk by 6% as you age.

At the end of the nine years, the study found that each one-point increase in seven healthy lifestyle steps recommended by the American Heart Association was associated with a 6% lower risk of high blood pressure.

"Folks with higher LS7 total scores, who had more ideal cardiovascular health, were less likely to develop high blood pressure 10 years later when compared to individuals with lower LS7 total scores," Plante said.

"These findings support the current clinical practice recommendations of lifestyle modifications such as eating better, quitting smoking and maintaining a healthy weight to all people, including those without high blood pressure," Plante said.

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