How cholesterol directly affects your blood pressure.
Did you know that high blood pressure can be caused initially by high cholesterol?
According to the CDC, half of Americans have at least one of the following three risk factors for developing heart disease - high cholesterol, high blood pressure, or smoking status - but most people don't know that one can affect the other and worsen the condition.
Having high cholesterol can raise your risk for high blood pressure because your arteries become more narrow, making the body work harder to pump blood through your system. Even if you're already on blood pressure medication, improving your cholesterol levels can help.
Foods to lower blood pressure are a good start, but foods that reduce cholesterol levels can address blood pressure at it's starting point. Benecol® Buttery Spreads contain plant stanols, which are proven to reduce cholesterol and recommended as a daily cholesterol-lowering strategy.