High Blood Pressure

Frequently Asked Questions

9. Is there any way I can prevent high blood pressure?

You can take steps to help prevent high blood pressure by adopting these healthy lifestyle habits.

  • Follow a healthy eating plan like DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fat-free and low-fat milk and milk products, and whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts, and choose and prepare foods with less sodium (salt). See how the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) can help with blood pressure control.

  • Be physically active for at least 2 and one-half hours a week. Check out Exercises to Try for older adults, or visit Go4LifeĀ®, the exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging. (Watch the video to learn how exercise helps maintain healthy aging. To enlarge the video, click the brackets in the lower right-hand corner. To reduce the video, press the Escape (Esc) button on your keyboard.)
  • If you drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation: no more than one drink a day for women, no more than two drinks a day for men.