How to Help Seniors Naturally Lower Blood Pressure With Diet
Millions of people today suffer from high blood pressure and an assortment of different health issues and side effects that can accompany this condition. Unfortunately, seniors tend to be even more susceptible to issues with high blood pressure than younger adults.
Unfortunately, most people who have high blood pressure don’t even know that they are struggling with this condition until they visit a doctor. While many different types of people are at risk of developing high blood pressure, seniors who live an unhealthy lifestyle are even more susceptible to issues with high blood pressure. This can include smokers, those with high stress, people with poor sleep habits, individuals who excessively drink alcohol and those who have a poor diet. In fact, poor diet is one of the biggest contributing factors to high blood pressure.
In most situations, high blood pressure is a side effect of poor lifestyle choices, but it can also be a side effect of thyroid issues, gastric conditions, and heart disease. Most people with high blood pressure don’t start seeing changes in their blood pressure rates until they are in their forties or older.
While there are medications that can help with high blood pressure, there are also ways that seniors can naturally lower their high blood pressure with the right diet. Here are some tips on how you can help reduce blood pressure with diet.
- Remove salt and sodium from the diet as much as possible
- Eat foods that have natural sources of potassium, calcium, and magnesium
- Consider taking vitamin supplements with calcium
- Add beans to the diet as they are filled with important nutrients and proteins
- Introduce a lot of dark, green leafy vegetables to the diet including kale and broccoli
- Add diary, in moderation, to the diet to ensure seniors are getting enough calcium
- Avoid deep-fried foods
- Nuts, especially almonds are a great snack for seniors with high blood pressure, they are also filled with magnesium
- Limit caffeine and alcohol intake as much as possible
- Try to maintain a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet
There is a lot of power that comes with caring for yourself and eating the right foods each and every day. While eating these foods won’t guarantee that seniors won’t have high blood pressure, they can help naturally lower blood pressure over time. These changes can also help seniors who have Type 2 Diabetes, which often goes hand-in-hand with high blood pressure.
It is also important that seniors with high blood pressure are getting their blood pressure numbers checked regularly. If seniors have stress-related health issues, they should also visit their doctor or a psychologist to learn about new ways to manage that stress.
Blood pressure is common and leads to millions of deaths every year, but it doesn’t have to be a part of your senior loved one’s life. The more that seniors, their caregivers and their loved ones do to try to help manage high blood pressure, the better and healthier that they will be in the long run.
- Kimberly Langdon M.D. is a retired, board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist with 19-years of clinical experience. She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine earning Honors in many rotations. She then completed her OB/GYN residency program at The Ohio State University Medical Center, earning first-place for her senior research project and placed in the 98th percentile on the national exam for OB/GYN residents in the U.S..
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