Neighbourhood Lifestyle Desk: Next time you need to lower blood pressure quickly, you don’t need to solely depend on medicines for it. New study by Andrews University shows that adapting lifestyle habits can also help you do so. Study demonstrated that a programme aimed at helping people modify lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise, was as effective as medication at reducing blood pressure. Other studies have shown that a blood pressure reduction of this magnitude can cut a person’s risk of heart disease or stroke in half.
Reduction in blood pressure accomplished by the programme was equivalent to what can be achieved using three half-dose standard medications for blood pressure. In addition, 93% of participants were able to either reduce the dose (24%) or eliminate their blood pressure medications (69%). People participating in the programme followed a vegan diet, walked outside daily, drank substantial quantities of water, got adequate daily sleep, and participated in optional spiritual activities. The programme’s vegan diet consisted of foods, such as legumes, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, soy milk, almond milk and whole-grain breads.