High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, can lead to stroke, heart attack, and other forms of cardiovascular disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that one in three adults suffer from this condition, making it a rampant issue in our nation. Luckily, there are a number of behaviors within our control that may greatly reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Take a look at these ideas to help reduce your risk of hypertension and the medical complications that can arise from it:


While exercise can provide a nearly infinite host of health benefits, those looking to reduce blood pressure will want to try low-impact, structured methods of working out. For example, the Guardian Liberty Voice reports that three short walks each day may be more effective than one long walk for reducing blood pressure.


Eating a diet high in protein may help reduce blood pressure by curbing the appetite. In fact, the University Herald has reported that eating 100 grams of protein each day may reduce the risk of high blood pressure by up to 60 percent.

Dark chocolate

Here's a fun one: eating a square of dark chocolate each day (the kind that contains 50 to 70 percent cocoa) has the potential to lower ones blood pressure, according to The Guardian Liberty Voice.

To learn more about managing your blood pressure:

5 Foods That Lower Your Blood Pressure
Heart Health Basics: What is a "Normal" Blood Pressure?
The Simple Seven: Seven Steps to Achieve Maximum Heart Health