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Suggest ways to lower diastolic blood pressure

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Posted on Wed, 13 May 2015
Question: HOW CAN I LOWER MY DIASTOLIC BLOOD PRESSURE
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Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
try DASH diet

Detailed Answer:
HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

The goals for blood pressure were updated in 2014, for persons over the age of 60, the systolic should be less than 150 and the diastolic less than 90.

Your diastolic range is not stated above , you mentioned that it is an area of concern for you.

The systolic range of 148 to 154, this means that only the values that are higher than 150 are above the goal for your age.

Continuation of a healthy diet and activity is important.
Use a diet with foods containing calcium,potassium and magnesium. These have been shown to help reduce blood pressure.

A high fiber diet is also important using a wide range of fruits , vegetables and whole grain foods.

This use of these electrolytes and fiber is part of the DASH diet. (DASH- dietary approaches to stop hypertension).
It has been shown to be effective in helping with blood pressure.

If your blood pressure is still not in control despite a healthy lifestyle then medication may be needed.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Brief Answer: try DASH diet Detailed Answer: HI, thanks for using healthcare magic The goals for blood pressure were updated in 2014, for persons over the age of 60, the systolic should be less than 150 and the diastolic less than 90. Your diastolic range is not stated above , you mentioned that it is an area of concern for you. The systolic range of 148 to 154, this means that only the values that are higher than 150 are above the goal for your age. Continuation of a healthy diet and activity is important. Use a diet with foods containing calcium,potassium and magnesium. These have been shown to help reduce blood pressure. A high fiber diet is also important using a wide range of fruits , vegetables and whole grain foods. This use of these electrolytes and fiber is part of the DASH diet. (DASH- dietary approaches to stop hypertension). It has been shown to be effective in helping with blood pressure. If your blood pressure is still not in control despite a healthy lifestyle then medication may be needed. I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions