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HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
High blood pressure (also called hypertension) makes your heart work harder and puts a strain on your arteries. Over time, high blood pressure can put you at risk for stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure.
If you're overweight or obese, it increases your chances of having high blood pressure. If you're obese and have diabetes or high cholesterol, you have a much greater risk of heart attack or stroke.
The good news is many of the risk factors for high blood pressure are within your control. With an effective program, you may be able to lose enough weight to recognize improvements in your overall health. You can minimize other risk factors by:
- Becoming more active
- Drinking less alcohol
- Eating less salt
- Keeping your stress levels down