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High Blood Pressure: 17 Natural Ways to Keep it Under Control 

About 30 million people in the United States have high blood-pressure according to statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics.  That puts it as the third most prevalent chronic disease in the United States, behind sinusitis and arthritis.  More important than its rank is the actual effect of high blood pressure on older Americans.  Of all the risk factors associated with heart disease, none seem to be more predictive of exactly who will get cardiovascular disease after the age of 65, than high blood pressure. 

On the positive side, about 70% of individuals have mild hypertension (high blood pressure) that is, diastolic pressure that falls somewhere between 90 and 100 mm Hg.  For this population, there have been some welcome changes in treatment with a much higher emphasis being placed on non-drug therapy. 

Dr. Norman Kaplan, an authority on high blood pressure at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas Southwestern Medical School has stated that "for most people with mild hypertension, just about everyone now agrees that the non-drug approach should be the first line of defense-or should at least be tried." The natural remedies below are designed to help those with a mild level of hypertension or high blood pressure, attain some control over their condition.  Obviously however, you should always consult your physician before implementing changes. 

Blood pressure: 17 Ways to Keep it Under Control 

(1)Watching your weight. 

Dr. Kaplan stated: "While there are a lot of hypertensives who are not fat, obese people tend to have three times as much hypertension as people of normal weight." Obesity is usually considered to be when an individual is 20% above ideal weight for their height and bone structure.  However, obese people do not really need to lose anywhere near that much weight to reduce their risk for high blood pressure.  An Israeli study indicated that “stout” people with high blood pressure can frequently achieve normal blood pressures by losing about half of their excess weight, even though they may still be considered to be considerably overweight. Dr. Kaplan continued by saying that "Even with relatively minor amounts of weight loss, one can see a measurable fall in blood pressure."  He concluded in saying that, "We encourage obese people to lose all the weight they can.  But if they can't lose a whole lot, at least whatever they do lose should give them some help with their blood pressure." 

(2) Shaking the salt habit. 

The link between sodium and high blood pressure has never been proven conclusively. However, it is known that there are individuals who have a salt sensitive subset of high blood pressure, and you may be one of them.  "There's no way to know if you're salt sensitive other than putting yourself on a low sodium diet and see what effect that has on your blood pressure," Dr. Kaplan says.  “So we just ask all our hypertensives to cut down on salt to about 5 grams a day and hope it has a good affect."  While that is considered be about half of the typical salt intake of an American diet, Dr. Kaplan notes that "most people, once they cut down, really don't find they need as much salt as they thought they did." So just keep the salt intake down while not counting on it to be the complete answer to reducing your high blood pressure. 

(3) Cutting down on alcohol. 

The connection between alcohol consumption and high blood pressure has been well documented.  It is a well-known fact that people with hypertension should limit their alcohol consumption.  

Doctors would probably advise individuals with high blood pressure to simply cut alcohol out of their diet, if recent studies had not shown that drinking a small amount of alcohol a day may actually have a positive effect on your blood pressure.  "Two drinks or fewer a day will probably have no detrimental effect on blood pressure." stated Dr. Kaplan, "but when you go beyond that, you're looking for trouble."

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Additional information and webpage by Paul Susic M.A. Licensed Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health and Geriatric Psychologist)     

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