How To Control Your Blood Pressure Without Drugs

| April 2, 2016

I reported in my last blog post on the see-saw effect of blood pressure lowering drugs in people with type 2 diabetes. If the patient’s systolic blood pressure at the start of treatment is above 150 mm Hg, the cardiovascular benefit that comes from blood pressure reduction can outweigh the harm the drug does. But when the starting systolic pressure is below 140, the balance tips the other way.

There is already evidence that blood pressure drugs, which are intended to reduce cardiovascular risks, may actually increase such risks in certain groups of patients. Last year, a Danish study found people with high blood pressure were more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke within 30 days of undergoing non-cardiac surgery if they were taking a combination of a beta-blocker with another blood pressure drug.

If you have high blood pressure, you can bring it down to a safe level without having to take these drugs – and so avoid their risks and potential side effects (which can include fatigue, impotence, insomnia, persistent cough, constipation, skin rash, dizziness and headaches, to mention just a few).

You already know the obvious things to do – lose weight, exercise more, stop smoking, keep alcohol consumption moderate, get enough sleep and avoid stress. Here are a few more tips:

  • Cut out added sugar, follow a low-GL diet and increase your intake of fibre and protein
  • Cut down salty foods (sodium) and increase magnesium and potassium from almonds, pumpkin seeds, broccoli, spinach and dark chocolate.
  • Garlic has been shown to reduce blood pressure. Eat it regularly or take aged garlic extract as a supplement.
  • Take fish oil capsules. Their blood pressure lowering effect has been confirmed in a meta-analysis of 17 clinical trials.
  • Take a vitamin D supplement (2000 IU a day). Low levels could be a direct cause of elevated blood pressure.
  • Take CoQ10 – 100 to 120 mg a day could reduce your blood pressure significantly.

In my next blog post, I tell you about a little-known form of diabetes that looks like type 2, but isn’t. And how treating this type of diabetes with standard antidiabetic drugs can destroy the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

Wishing you the best of health,

Martin Hum
PhD DHD Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth

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Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

References

1. Jørgensen ME, Hlatky MA, Køber L et al. ß-blocker-associated risks in patients with uncomplicated hypertension undergoing noncardiac surgery. JAMA Intern Med. 2015; 175(12):1923-1931.

2. Ried K. Garlic lowers blood pressure in hypertensive individuals, regulates serum cholesterol, and stimulates immunity: an updated meta-analysis and review. J Nutr. 2016; 146(2):389S-396S.

3. Campbell F, Dickinson HO, Critchley JA, Ford GA, Bradburn M. A systematic review of fish-oil supplements for the prevention and treatment of hypertension. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2013; 20(1):107-120.

4. Vimaleswaran KS, Cavadino A, Berry DJ et al. Association of vitamin D status with arterial blood pressure and hypertension risk: a mendelian randomisation study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol. 2014; 2(9):719-729.

5. Rosenfeldt FL, Haas SJ, Krum H et al. Coenzyme Q10 in the treatment of hypertension: a meta-analysis of the clinical trials. J Hum Hypertens. 2007; 21:297–306.

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