1. Stress: Any sort of psychological stress; whether it is financial, work-related or relationship should be avoided. Stress can lead to numerous poor health outcomes, high blood pressure or hypertension being one of them.
2. Diabetes: People who have high blood sugar are at a higher risk of hypertension. It is very important that this is detected and carefully managed. People who are diabetic need to change their lifestyle by developing healthy eating habits, regular physical exercise, avoiding processed food, limiting alcohol, proper medication, adequate rest and reduce salt intake.
3. Obesity: Blood pressure often increases when body weight increases. It is extremely essential to maintain a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) which is 20-25. Having a BMI greater than 25 increases your risk of high blood pressure or hypertension. Weight loss can significantly reduce your blood pressure.
4. Inactivity: We all know that physical activity is essential for the overall health. Regular physical exercise is important as your heart is also a muscle. Like all the other muscles in your body, it also needs to be exercised regularly in order to keep it strong and healthy.
5. Healthy diet: A healthy diet is extremely important in all the stages of life. You should include fresh fruits and dark green leafy vegetables, dairy products, proteins, fibre rich foods, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and foods rich in essential vitamins and minerals in your diet. Eating right is the key to healthy living.