Nine in 10 Canadians will develop high blood pressure (or hypertension) during their lives. Currently, about five million Canadian adults have high blood pressure, representing 22 percent of the adult population. Blood pressure can be controlled by maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a balanced diet and using medication appropriately if prescribed by a doctor. Eating lots of vegetables and fruit, moderating alcohol intake and cutting back on sodium [salt] can also help.
On average, Canadians consume more than twice the amount of sodium recommended for good health. Since high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease, it is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly and take steps to keep blood pressure within a healthy range.