From this Reuters article Low-carb diet best for lowering blood pressure:
“People with high blood pressure who want to drop some pounds may want to choose a low-carb diet, a new study shows.
In the study, overweight or obese individuals who went on a low-carb diet lost about the same amount of weight as those who cut down on their fat intake and took the weight-loss aid orlistat (sold as Xenical or Alli). However, the low-carb diet produced more favorable effects on blood pressure.
“After 48 weeks, the low-carb group had lost about 9.5 percent of their body weight, compared to 8.5 percent for the orlistat group, which wasn't a significant difference. There also were similar improvements in cholesterol levels between the two groups. But the low carb diet did offer an advantage in terms of blood pressure reduction. The low-carb group showed about a 6 percent drop in their systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure reading) and a 4.5 point drop in their diastolic pressure (the lower number). In contrast, the orlistat group did not see a drop in blood pressure; the corresponding changes for the orlistat group were 1.5 (systolic) and 0.4 (diastolic).”
In addition to a change of diet high intensity interval strength training has been shown to lower blood pressure as well. We have such a strength training program at both our locations - Austin Personal Trainers and New Orleans Personal Trainers. Better eating choices, an active lifestyle, and a little strength training is a program most people can stick to, and it can have profound effects on one's health.