There have been lots of studies on diet and what it can do for you, and other research on exercise and how it can help. For the first time, a new study has looked at the effects of both exercise and diet together, and the results are dramatic.
The Johns Hopkins study followed 810 people, putting them in different groups. Some tried a few lifestyle changes, others took the challenge and made all the right changes.
"People who were assigned to make all the lifestyle changes achieved the lowest blood pressure, had the best blood pressure control, and achieved an optimal blood pressure -- and that was significantly better than the other groups," says Dr. Lawrence Appel, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute.
"I'm sure that others could do what I've done to lower their blood pressure. It just takes a little determination, but the results come quick and they're good results," says Charles Vallette, lowered his blood pressure.
Charles also says that it helped that his wife and son made the lifestyle changes with him. Cutting down on salt, eating smaller portions, increasing fruits and vegetables, and exercising every day.
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