• By Laurel J. Kelly

Housecall: 10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication

July 3, 2017

a blood pressure cuff and gauge, with a red plastic valentine heartTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication
From moving more to watching your waistline and quitting smoking, you can do a lot to lower your high blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease — without medication. If you successfully control your blood pressure with a healthy lifestyle, you might avoid, delay or reduce the need for medication. Try these 10 tips.

Caffeine content for coffee, tea, soda and more
Are you bothered by headaches, restlessness or anxiety? Your daily beverage of choice — coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks — may be the culprit. Find out how much caffeine is in your favorite drinks.

EXPERT ANSWERS
What can I do to prevent Alzheimer's disease?
While there are no proven strategies for preventing Alzheimer's disease, there's strong evidence that several factors associated with leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Learn more from Dr. Jonathan Graff-Radford, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

What are the symptoms of an aspirin allergy?
Reactions to aspirin are common and can cause symptoms that range from mild to severe. Learn more from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist.

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HEALTH TIP OF THE WEEK
Have questions about sex? Ask your health care provider
Your health has a big effect on your sex life and vice versa. Don't be embarrassed about discussing sex with your health care provider. He or she can be a reliable source of information on sexual health and help you manage chronic conditions and medications that affect your sex life. Your health care provider also can help you understand how sexual activity may change throughout your life.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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