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How to Help a Loved One With High Blood Pressure

April 16th, 2018 The Loved Ones Desk Uncategorized

No matter what age, lifestyle plays an important role in high blood pressure. Staying healthy is about balance and moderation. For most, a healthy diet, exercise and medication can lower and control high blood pressure.

Learning about the condition can prevent the disorder from getting worse. Sometimes the changes can overwhelm seniors. Having a supportive family member can make the situation more comfortable. As adult children, there’s a certain amount of satisfaction when caring for our parents at this stage of life.

Diets

Reducing or eliminating specific foods from our diet can help manage high blood pressure. Even a small decrease of salt will make a difference. Remember, salt is used as a preservative in most processed foods. Make it a habit to read the food labels for the sodium content. Consider transitioning to low sodium or alternative seasonings for foods.

Add more fresh fruits and vegetables and include fish in the diet at least twice a week. Who doesn’t love bread and pasta? Look for whole grains and whole-wheat flour products. These foods are high in nutrients and fiber.

Exercise and Weight

Regular exercise will lower high blood pressure. The most effective types are walking, swimming, cycling or dancing. Target at least 30 minutes a day. Start gradually and increase the length of each session. Be sure to check with the doctor before starting any type of exercise routine.

Keep an eye on your waistline. The health risks increase when men’s waistlines exceed 40 inches compared to women’s measurement of 35 inches. Dropping a few pounds is an effective method for controlling blood pressure.

Medications

High blood pressure is a challenge because the symptoms aren’t always visible. The key to helping a loved one with extreme blood pressure is balance. Make sure the prescriptions are taken as directed. Lowering blood pressure too quickly can cause dizziness and possible injury due to falling.

It’s important to the see the doctor on a regular basis to monitor any changes in the patient’s health.

Blood pressure readings and waistline measurements can vary with older adults. If you have questions, talk with the doctor or a health professional. Are you looking for reliable in-home care or hospice services? Call us!


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