If you have prehypertension accompanied by diabetes, kidney disease or cardiovascular disease, your doctor may recommend blood pressure medication in addition to lifestyle changes.
The benefits of medication for other adults with prehypertension are less clear. Your doctor will likely suggest that you control prehypertension with lifestyle changes, such as:
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- Maintaining a healthy weight or losing weight if you're overweight or obese
- Eating a healthy, low-salt diet
- Exercising regularly
- Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink
- Quitting smoking
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