Study: Behavior to reduce high blood pressure

July 22, 2009 4:24:55 AM PDT
Researchers have identified several lifestyle behaviors that may significantly reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure.An estimated one third of Americans have high blood pressure which can cause strokes and heart attacks. But six factors may reduce the risk by as much as 80 percent.

The most critical factor is to maintain a normal body weight. Also, researchers suggest exercise and a healthy diet. Any consumption of alcohol should be moderate and medical experts suggest avoiding pain relievers. They also say to avoid over the counter pain relievers and to take folic acid supplements.

The study is published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.