What your doctor keeps missing about blood pressure
You know you're supposed to keep your blood pressure down.
But that's only PART of the picture.
Today, I'm going to let you in on the rest of the story... the chapter missing from your doctor's book.
If he checks every few months or once a year, and he only worries about how high your blood pressure is, he could be HURTING you.
Because the real key to good health isn't just in keeping that number down. It's in making sure it doesn't bounce around.
While blood pressure always fluctuates a little, new research shows how too much up-and-down could lead directly to dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and vascular dementia.
This isn't just true for people with the high blood pressure your doc is watching out for.
Even bouncing around within the "normal" zone could lead to the exact same risks!
Overall, BP that hops around will more than double your risk of any form of dementia, including Alzheimer's disease.
But the biggest risk is for vascular dementia.
Having fluctuating blood pressure could nearly TRIPLE your risk of this condition.
This form of dementia is caused by blocked arteries, which cut off blood and oxygen to the brain, essentially causing it to choke.
Vascular dementia mimics Alzheimer's so well that most doctors can't tell the two apart. There is one major difference, however: Vascular dementia is far deadlier.
The best way to beat it is to avoid it by recognizing the warning signs -- and it looks like fluctuating blood pressure could be the first and best signal that you may be at risk.
That means you need to keep close watch over your BP, if you're not already.
Ideally, take a reading twice a day. That's far too often to do at your doctor's office... or even the local CVS.
You can get a decent home reader for about $30 and do the job yourself, which is exactly how the measurements were taken in the new study.
Early on, you might notice your BP levels are lower at home than they are the doctor's office. This is so common there's a name for it: "white-coat hypertension," or when your blood pressure rises in the doctor's office.
If that's your story, you can lobby your doc to cut back on or even eliminate BP meds if you're taking them.
Once you know what your normal range is, watch for those fluctuations, which can be a sign of undiagnosed conditions ranging from artery damage to adrenal fatigue.
Many mainstream docs won't test for all the possible causes of fluctuating blood pressure.
If your own doctor is one of them... if he can't explain your own ups and downs, or just wants to treat the number and not the cause... seek the advice of a holistic medical doctor.