Our expert says:
There is a diet called the "DASH Diet' that was specifically developed for individuals suffering from hypertension. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on ' 'Food as medicine' and 'Hypertension' and read about the DASH Diet. Because this is also a low-fat diet it should promote weightloss. However, you obviously need to lose such a great deal of weight that it may be an idea to contact one of the teaching hospitals (e.g. Pretoria Academic or the Joburg General or Tygerberg hospital) to find out if they have an Obesity Clinic where you can obtain assistance. You may require bariatric surgery to lose such a large amount of weight. When you have started to lose weight and are more mobile, you can add daily physical activity to your programme - for example going for a 30 min walk every day and later on buying a skipping rope and skipping for 30 min daily (no need to join a gym). Increase the pace of your exercise and how long you exercise as you lose weight and get fitter.
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