New rules for BP meds
Hypertension meds do nothing for most patients, especially older folks with stage 1 hypertension. They don't reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke or death, and the studies have shown it time and again.
But most mainstream docs don't care about the science. All they care about are guidelines -- and if the guidelines say high blood pressure must be treated with blood pressure meds, then it has to be treated with drugs.
Well, now those guidelines have been rewritten, and doctors are being ordered to take the approach I've used all along and pass on the meds for most patients with high blood pressure.
Under the new guidelines in the Journal of the American Medical Association, over-60 patients will no longer be medicated automatically at the start of stage 1 hypertension, or BP levels of 140/90.
Instead, docs should only consider blood pressure meds when patients hit 150/90.
Personally, I think you can go even higher before you start to worry -- and when treatment is in order, you shouldn't turn automatically to drugs.
While the meds do succeed in bringing blood pressure levels down, they come with risks such as dizziness and light-headedness, which can lead to a fall and a potentially crippling fracture.
Another common side effect of blood pressure meds is memory loss -- and in some cases, the memory loss is so severe it's mistaken for dementia.
That's why the best solution for hypertension isn't a drug. It's a holistic approach that works on the addressing the cause of the rising blood pressure levels. The most common causes include lifestyle issues such as stress, drinking and smoking as well as poor diet and the nutritional problems that come along with it.
In most cases, lifestyle changes -- including diet and weight loss, as well as giving up drinking and smoking -- can help bring BP levels down naturally. Heart-friendly supplements can also help; I usually recommend hawthorn berry and gingko biloba as well as calcium, potassium, magnesium and coenzyme Q10.
Work with a holistic medical doctor on an approach that's best for you. And if you're in the Southern California area, I can help.
Contact my clinic for more information or to make an appointment.
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