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Lifestyle changes for healthy blood pressure

Changing lifelong habits is hard, but these practical tips can help.

When blood pressure persists above healthy limits, men are faced with a decision: take a medication now, or try to lower it with nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle changes. Many men are reluctant to start taking a new pill every day—possibly for life. Although changing deeply ingrained habits can be hard, it really works.

"A healthy diet, regular exercise, weight loss if needed, and moderating alcohol consumption really do improve blood pressure," says Dr. Pradeep Natarajan, a cardiologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. "In addition to medications, lifestyle change really can go a long way at any stage of life."

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