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Hypertension is a condition that deeply affects the Black community in droves and among the 76 million Americans who suffer from hypertension, 35 percent of those are African American. Roland Martin spoke with Dr. Joel Saulsbury recently on NewsOne Now to discuss heart health.

Dr. Saulsbury briefly explained that hypertension, simply put, is elevated blood pressure. He then made suggestions for prevention.

Number one, obesity is one of the number one factors that lead to high blood pressure, so definitely losing weight. Inactivity, no physical activity. Aerobic exercise, at least 30 to 50 minutes two or three times a week. Also, the DASH diet. It focuses on equal eating of foods like fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products, things along the lines of whole grains, nuts, fish. These food groups have a lot of potassium and the have very little sodium,” Saulsbury said.

Martin offered his own tip for high blood pressure relief, saying, “if you wanna lower your blood pressure, just cuss folks out so you ain’t holding nothing in,” getting laughs from the doctor and the panel.

Watch Roland Martin, Dr. Joel Saulsbury, and the NewsOne Now panel discuss the dangers and prevention of hypertension in the clip above.

Watch NewsOne Now with Roland Martin, in its new time slot on TV One.

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