Surprising new high blood pressure guidelines

Blood pressure check

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?

Guidelines for Blood Pressure Drugs are Changing – read more…

(Side note – eating 1/4 cup of blueberries daily really does work)

 

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2 thoughts on “Surprising new high blood pressure guidelines

  1. carol slinker

    So Disappointed. I expect much better from you. I just want to read the article “New Guidelines on Blood Pressure Drugs – 10 Ways to Lower Yours Naturally”.

    I saw your email and clicked through, hoping to read your normally healthful insight, this time for high blood pressure, but WHAT? I read the intro, then clicked “Next” and was taken to some site trying to sell me something, so I left immediately.

    Bottom Line – no helpful info from you this time – just disappointment that this article is useless, and misleading. Where are the 10 ways?

    Next time, warn me that if I click “next” I will be taken to an alien website so that I will not click through.

  2. Carole Post author

    Hi Carol,

    I’m sorry you were disappointed. I did say here’s an article, but I did not say it is on another site.

    The article does deliver good information, including the 10 ways. It is not a sales pitch. I’m a little confused on that one. It may appear that way since he does have a lot of ads on the site.

    Again, I’m sorry for the confusion. I will try to do better about warning you if I am sending you to another site.

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