Weight Reduction

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Lt Col Reynolds
There is a relationship between eating a healthy diet to control your weight and blood pressure. Let’s check in with Dr. Patel to hear more about achieving a healthy weight.

Dr. Patel
Being overweight increases your risk of developing high blood pressure, and excess weight is a major risk factor for heart disease and diabetes. Even small increases in your weight can cause your blood pressure to rise. Losing just five to 10 pounds can have a tremendous impact on your blood pressure. Weight loss can prevent hypertension or decrease your need for medications or the dosage of medication if you already have hypertension.

The body mass index, or BMI, is a measurement used to determine if someone is overweight. BMI relates weight to height. It gives an approximation of total body fat, which is what increases the risk of obesity-related diseases. Normal BMI is less than 25.

If you cannot reduce your BMI to below 25, you should still try to lose at least 10 pounds to lower your blood pressure. Weight loss can be a difficult and daunting task. It’s a slow process involving changes in both your diet and activity level. To be successful you need to combine physical activity and diet.