If you’ve been diagnosed with prehypertension or high blood pressure, like millions of others, adopt these changes to help prevent, or lower, high blood pressure to a healthy level. Doing these things may prevent the harmful effects of high blood pressure:

  • Make sure you definitely have high blood pressure by checking it several times.

  • Look for the cause of the high blood pressure.

  • Adopt the DASH diet.

  • Reduce salt in your diet.

  • Quit smoking.

  • If you drink, limit alcohol intake.

  • Cut down or eliminate your caffeine intake.

  • Start an exercise program and stick with it.

  • Use mind-body techniques such as yoga and meditation.

  • Avoid medications that raise blood pressure like steroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, and certain diet pills.

  • Take blood pressure medications without fail.