Dr. Tom Miller shares four things you can start doing today and see lower numbers within the next 60 days.">

Feb 27, 2017 — High blood pressure can lead to serious health problems in the heart, kidneys and even brain. It’s important to get those numbers down before these conditions arise. On this Health Minute, Dr. Tom Miller shares four things you can start doing today and see lower numbers within the next 60 days.

Interview

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Interviewer: How to lower your high blood pressure without using medication. Dr. Tom Miller, how do I do it?

Dr. Miller: There are four great ways to do this, Scott. The first is, no added salt at table, avoid processed foods, canned soups, things like that, and stay away from fast foods. They're all full of salt. Next, get adequate exercise. By this, I mean 30 to 40 minutes a day of moderate exercise. That could be walking, cycling or swimming, whatever you like, and you don't have to be an Olympic-caliber athlete to enjoy it.

Third, avoid excessive weight for your body size. And you can figure out what your adequate weight ought to be by Googling "BMI Online." And this may be the hardest because we all know there's no perfect medication for weight loss. You just have to stick to it. And finally, drinking in moderation is very important to maintain an adequate blood pressure, and abstinence is even better.

Interviewer: And if I do all four of these things, when can I expect some results?

Dr. Miller: If you're consistent with these four things, you could see results within a month or two.

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