Losing 10 pounds may be as effective as drug therapy in reducing mild hypertension, notes the Nutri/System Health & Fitness Information Bureau.

In a study at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine of almost 800 overweight, mildly hypertensive men, researchers found that subjects who lost at least 10 pounds were able to decrease their blood pressure by an average of 12 points without medication, the same reduction achieved by subjects on medication who lost less than 10 pounds. Subjects who combined medication with a 10-pound weight loss reduced their blood pressure by an average of 18.6 points.