How you live your life does matter for your health. At least, that’s the conclusion from the Nurses’ Health Study. More than 80,000 women between the ages of 27 and 44 were studied for 14 years. Those who had the highest scores on healthy lifestyle factors had the lowest risk of high blood pressure. The key factors were maintaining a healthy body weight, exercising vigorously half an hour daily, eating lots of fruits and vegetables, drinking just a little alcohol, using over-the-counter pain killers sparingly and taking folic acid supplements. The investigators conclude that “adopting low-risk dietary and lifestyle factors has the potential to prevent a large proportion of new-onset hypertension occurring among young women.”

[Journal of American Medical Association, July 22/29, 2009]

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  1. BobK

    I am fit and eat mostly good foods. I exercise vigorously but none of this seemed to reduce my blood pressure (I’m 68 years old). I am currently on medication (Cozaar). However, breathing exercises do make a difference and when I do them my blood pressure has gone down to 110/72. Problem is always remembering to do the breathing exercises. Nothing else seems to make a difference other than my meds.

  2. patricia freire

    I am a 65 year old female also, and my blood pressure was going up, so I started drinking beet juice(I make it myself) and I do breathing excercises for 15 minutes every morning. I breathe slow and deep (less than 10 breaths a minute)for 15 minutes. I started with 5 minutes and was using resperate before.
    It took me two months, but my pressure is mormal.
    I listen to Dr. Andrew Weil breathing excercises and practices them during the day.

  3. AS

    I am a 65 year old female, relatively healthy. I am overweight due to past health problems which prevented exercise for long periods, but I have lost 40 lbs with more to go. I try to eat healthily, substitute sea salt for table salt at home, exercise 3 days per week at the gym and as much as possible on other days outside the gym although my ability to walk is limited.
    I take prescribed meds for arthritis and low thyroid and antihistamine for allergies as well as vitamins and supplements including folic acid. My blood pressure is much higher than it was when I was 40 and it isn’t getting better. In fact, it seems to be going higher instead of coming down. I seldom drink alcoholic beverage, partly because it can upset my stomach. Could it be the Celebrex and tylenol I am taking, or what else should I be doing to lower my blood pressure?

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