Truckers must pass their DOT physical exam to get certified. Drivers with high blood pressure may fail the exam and not be able to drive.
Here are some tips to help lower your blood pressure and pass the exam.
Truck Driving Blood Pressure Must-Knows
- Blood pressure must be lower than 140/90 to get medically certified
- Blood pressure medicine to lower/control your levels is acceptable
- There are natural methods for lowering blood pressure as well
- Drivers with high blood pressure who pass their certification must recertify at least yearly
- Drivers with high blood pressure must consult their doctor if planning a drastic diet or lifestyle changes
- Small, healthy changes in sleep, exercise, weight, and diet can help
Short-term Ways to Lower Blood Pressure
The following are great ways to keep your blood pressure levels low in the long-term if you try them on a regular basis.
However, if your physical is coming up in a few days, these tips should help you lower your blood pressure quickly:
- Drink a lot of water and stay hydrated
- Avoid alcohol, smoking, and coffee (or anything with caffeine)
- Eat fruits, vegetables, and drink beet juice.
- Eat potassium-rich foods like bananas, potatoes, and leafy greens
- Reduce stress levels through meditation
- Be well rested and get a good night’s sleep
Long-Term Ways to Lower Blood Pressure
It’s tough to lead a healthy lifestyle while on the road.
If diagnosed with high blood pressure, try the following methods to lower your blood pressure in the long haul:
- Lower your salt intake
- Eat healthy by planning ahead
- Pack a cooler with fruits, vegetables, and healthy meals
- Avoid greasy fast foods and opt for the salad
- Stay hydrated
- Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake
- Avoid smoking
- Get regular, deep sleep