Exercise and diet are two important components to the American Heart Association’s “Life’s Simple 7” behaviors that can lower the risk of high blood pressure. Getty Images
- The American Heart Association says people who follow healthy lifestyle choices in their 30s can lower their risk of high blood pressure in their 40s.
- The organization offers 7 simple heart healthy tips that involve managing diet, exercise, cholesterol, and blood sugar.
- Experts say people shouldn’t try to make all 7 lifestyle changes at once. Picking 1 or 2 that best fit your lifestyle is a better way to proceed.
Following “Life’s Simple 7” in your 30s can help reduce your risk of high blood pressure in your 40s.
That’s according to a new study published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
The study surveyed more than 30,000 adults in the United States, finding that 42 percent of participants had developed hypertension (high blood pressure) by the 9-year follow-up.
Nearly half of all U.S. adults have hypertension, according to the American Heart Association. The condition is associated with stroke, heart attack, vision loss, and heart failure.
But experts say it’s also preventable, especially with early interventions.
“Actions we take now are going to impact our health today and for years to come,” said Caroline West Passerrello, MS, RDN, LDN, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Life’s Simple 7 Explained
The Life’s Simple 7 (LS7) is a metric model of cardiovascular health that was created by the American Heart Association.
The LS7 considers health behaviors and factors such as:
- body mass index (BMI)
- physical activity
- blood pressure
- blood sugar