U.S. consumers' efforts to control blood pressure 2012

The statistic depicts what U.S. respondents, who have normal blood pressure without medication, have ever done to reduce blood pressure or keep it from getting higher. 27% of respondents say they have tried to lose weight for this purpose.

Which of the following, if any, have you ever done specifically to reduce blood pressure or to keep it from getting higher?*

Answered yes
Reduced sodium or salt intake29%
Tried to lose weight27%
Increased my level or type of physical activity27%
Increased the amount of fruits and vegetables in my diet23%
Practised relaxation/stress management techniques16%
Stopped or limited my alcohol consumption9%
Stopped or limited smoking9%
Followed an eating plan designed to lower BP4%
Taken blood pressure medication2%
Some other action0.5%
None of the above52%
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Release date

May 2012


United States

Survey time period

April 3 - 13, 2012

Number of respondents

611 respondents

Age group

18-80 years

Special properties

Blood pressure is normal without medication

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The results are weighted to ensure that they are as reflective as possible of the American population ages 18 to 80.

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