What is normal blood pressure?

Normal Blood Pressure in America

Normal blood pressure and optimum blood pressure are two different things.  Most Americans systolic blood pressure is between 120 and 140, and although that’s ‘normal’ because it’s what most people have, it’s certainly not optimal.

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You should strive to keep your blood pressure as low as possible, the threshold of 120 is the current standard of what’s considered healthy.  As you age it becomes more difficult to maintain low blood pressure, so efforts you make when you are young can pay off as you’re older.  Unless you have an underlying cause, you should be able to manage your blood pressure with a  combination of diet and exercise and healthy lifestyle habits.
Blood pressure is a strong indicator of overall health.  If your hypertensive, there is a strong chance that there are some underlying issues that need to be resolved.

  • Smoking
  • Overweight
  • Lack Of Exercise
  • Too Much Sodium
    Usually due to too many processed foods
  • Kidney Disease
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Age

Making efforts early to mitigate hypertension can result in long term gains in both longevity and quality of life.  It’s easily one of the most important metrics we have to measure our health, so pay it attention.

To give some context to why it’s so important control your hypertension, understand the risks associated with even mildly elevated systolic pressure.  Someone with a blood pressure level of 135 over 85 (135/85) is twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke as someone with a reading of 115 over 75 (115/75).

Americans, sadly are typically hypertensive, as our diet is full of salt and sugar combined with a sedentary lifestyle.  It’s a recipe for terrible cardiovascular health.  Because heart disease is the number one cause of mortality in the US, hypertension is something we should all take seriously.

Just because everyone is doing poorly doesn’t mean you have to succumb to hypertension.  Make some changes in your life and change your ‘normal’ to be optimal, and you’ll more the likely live a long healthy life.

If you’re looking for ways to reduce your blood pressure, we’ve compiled a list of the most effective changes you can make to lower your blood pressure.

 

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