A question that is often asked is ‘”What are good blood pressure numbers?”
There are about a million-and-one health concerns we have, especially as we get older.
The doctor is probably talking to you about blood pressure, weight, nutrition, respiratory health, muscular/skeletal health and more, all at the same time.
This can all be a little overwhelming, yet luckily, being all around healthy may be easier than you think.
One of the biggest issues people begin to run into, especially as they get older, is blood pressure.
Too high or too low, whatever it is, having blood pressure that’s out of whack can throw your whole system off.
Luckily there are a ton of different methods out there that can help you get your blood pressure back on track, a lot of which will improve your overall health in many different areas!
#1 Blood Pressure Check-Ups
You’re probably already receiving regular check ups at your doctor, but it’s good for you to be able to check in-between visits yourself.
There are several different types of equipment you can use to do this, so you should choose the one that works best for you.
1. The Aneroid Monitor
This is the cheaper option, but it is a little more of a hassle. It uses a pointer in order to let you read your own blood pressure.
2. The Digital Monitor
The digital monitor is quick and easy and allows you to check your blood pressure point-blank with a digital reading.
#2 Lifestyle Changes
This can seem like a daunting task, but when you’re being plagued with bad blood pressure, the first place you should look is in your lifestyle habits.
What does your diet look like?
Sodium is a huge culprit for giving people unhealthy blood pressure levels, so cut that out where you can.
Also, try eating more vegetables and fruits. It becomes easier and easier, and more fun and enjoyable, to eat natural foods like this the more you do it.
You’ll begin to acquire a taste for it, and you won’t even be interested in the junk food you once ate.
If you smoke or drink excessively, try to cut back.
It’s certainly not easy at all to cut back on these things when you’ve created a dependency to them, but with a little help from your doctor, you can make the process easier.
Exercise is another area that you should pay careful attention to.
Exercise in general will help even the healthiest looking body work better, but if you’re overweight, then you’re at a higher risk of dangerous levels of BP.
Whether you’re overweight, underweight or just right, exercise will always help your BP and overall health.
The best part about this is that eating healthy will help you in virtually all aspects of health, not just BP.
If you find it hard to get motivated, try getting an exercise buddy so that the two of you can encourage each other, and have a little fun while you’re doing it.
#3 The Numbers
Now for some of the numbers I promised which should give you targets to shoot for.
According to my own Life Source Instruction Guide the figures are as follows:
“For adults within the US: Normal less than120 (systolic) and less than 80 (diastolic) Prehypertension 120-139/80-89 Stage 1 Hypertension 140-159/90-99 Stage 2 Hypertension greater to or equal to 160/100″
“SOURCE: The Seventh Report of the Joint National Commission on Prevention, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure for Adults. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute – May 2003”
“For adults outside of the US (e.g. Canada, Mexico):
Optimal less than 120 (systolic and less than 80 diastolic Normal less than 130/85 High-Normal 130-139/85-89 Stage 1 Hypertension 140-159/90-99 Stage 2 Hypertension 160-179/100-109 Stage 3 Hypertension greater than or equal to 180/greater or equal to 110″
“SOURCE: Standards to access high blood pressure, without regard to age or gender, have been established by the World Health Organization (WHO).”
If you’ve tried these lifestyle changes and you’re still dealing with dangerous BP levels, talk to your doctor about your next options.
Doctors can provide you with professional guidance, medications, and personalized care plans that will work best for you.
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