New blood pressure guidelines were issued in December, and surprisingly the pendulum has swung the other way. What the heck happened to 120/80? Wasn’t that good for like 100 yrs?
I feel that they are giving in to the fact that the drugs just aren’t working, and in many cases are doing more harm than good. Some people take 2 or 3 different drugs, and they still can’t bring the blood pressure down to normal.
I am happy that a healthier lifestyle will be encouraged. I’m finding that stress is the biggest contributor. Especially when it is added on top of a poor diet, lack of vigorous exercise, and poor sleep.
Here’s a good article on the subject –
New Guidelines on Blood Pressure Drugs – 10 Ways to Lower Yours Naturally
The New York Times was recently abuzz with multiple articles and blogs about new blood pressure rules. What’s the buzz about? It seems that doctors are learning there is a difference between lowering blood pressure or cholesterol with drugs and doing it naturally.
Health experts agree—prescription medications that lower blood pressure can have side effects that counteract the benefits. In many people, the drugs don’t work well or not at all. For decades, the clinical mantra of doctors to patients was the lower the better. It’s been the same for total cholesterol and LDL levels. Aggressive drug therapy has been pushed on Americans with high blood pressure, as well as for high cholesterol, with mixed results.
Is lower always better?
(Side note – eating 1/4 cup of blueberries daily really does work)