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Tips for Lowering Blood Pressure

As we age, our bood pressure tends to go up. Those in the know say we should be shooting for a rate of 130/80. If you find yourself creeping over that line, doctors recommend more cooking at home than eating out (more than 70% of our sodium intake now comes from food prepared outside our homes.

You may also want to increase your intake of potassium - a mineral found in may fruits and vegetables.

As always, best to consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet.

To Floss or Not to Floss? That Is a Real Question!

No doubt your dentist tells you to floss, but is there any research to back up that advice?

Surprisingly, no.

There has never been a study to test the benefits of flossing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you should stop flossing. No research simply means, we have no scientific evidence one way or the other. The American Dental Association still recommends flossing as well as brushing twice daily to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

5 Things to Know about Blood Pressure

  1. Blood pressure climbs as you age – It’s normal, but make sure you are getting it checked regularly to make sure it doesn’t become hypertension
  2. The top number is the one to watch – Systolic pressure is the one to pay attention to because it measures the peak force you pulmonary system is experiencing.
  3. The optimum blood pressure number is different for different people – In fact, experts don’t agree on what the ideal pressure should be.
  4. Healthy diet and lifestyle changes can work as well as a pill – Cutting back on salt is the easiest. Dropping weight, while more difficult, can also help. Regular exercise can also help. (Make sure you consult with your physician before beginning any exercise regimen.)
  5. Yes, coffee makes blood pressure spike, but… - The spike lasts about 3 hours but appears to have no long-lasting effect.

How Much Longer Will You Live?

We can say for certain, as each individual’s life follows a different path, but we can generalize based on the latest statistics from the government.

If you are a 65-year old woman, count on an average of 20.6 more years. If you are a 65-year old man, the average is 18 more years.

If you are Keith Richards, all bets are off!

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