Will I need to follow a special diet if I have high blood pressure?

If you have high blood pressure (hypertension) and are overweight, your healthcare provider may want you to lose weight. Also, most healthcare providers recommend a diet that is low in fat and salt as part of the treatment for patients with high blood pressure. Spices and herbs can be used in place of salt to add flavor to food.

Your healthcare provider can also refer you to a registered dietitian who will help you learn more about eating the right foods in the right amounts to help control your blood pressure. If you have kidney disease or diabetes, you should not make changes to your diet without speaking to your healthcare provider.

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