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You see, you don’t get high blood pressure from viruses or bacteria. You get it from the way you live. Although researchers aren’t sure of the exact physiological mechanism that increases blood pressure, they certainly know the triggers. Stated simply, the way you live is the greatest contributor to your risk of developing high blood pressure.
Among the things that increase your risk of hypertension:
- Being overweight
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- A high-sodium diet
- Use of oral contraceptives
- A sedentary lifestyle
- High levels of anxiety and stress
What’s noteworthy is that all of these factors are within your control. While medications exist to deal with the physiology of high blood pressure, the way you eat, move, and deal with the day-to-day stresses of life has the greatest impact on achieving healthy blood pressure.