We'll start with the causes, but then we're going to get into the things you can do NOW to lower your blood pressure AND have FUN doing it!
The Mayo Clinic has this to say:
There are two types of high blood pressure.
I. Primary (essential) hypertension
For most adults, there's no identifiable cause of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure, called primary (essential) hypertension, tends to develop gradually over many years.
II. Secondary hypertension
Some people have high blood pressure caused by an underlying condition. This type of high blood pressure, called secondary hypertension, tends to appear suddenly and cause higher blood pressure than does primary hypertension. Various conditions and medications can lead to secondary hypertension, including:
* Obstructive sleep apnea
* Kidney problems
* Adrenal gland tumors
* Thyroid problems
* Certain defects in blood vessels you're born with (congenital)
* Certain medications, such as birth control pills, cold remedies, decongestants, over-the-counter pain relievers and some prescription drugs
* Illegal drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines
* Alcohol abuse or chronic alcohol use
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