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Blood pressure (BP) is the common symptom of hypertension. It arises naturally with age and when it persists it is more often due to psychological factors, infection or malignancy. However, the symptoms of BP are wrongfully being treated by modern day physicians with drugs. Here we discuss the problem of hypertension, the mechanism of BP in the body and some simple self-help remedial measures.
Blood pressure is measured by two numbers: the top number is the systolic pressure or the pressure on the arteries when the heart is pumping blood; and the bottom number is the diastolic pressure or the pressure on the arteries when the heart is at rest. When both the readings are high, it is considered as clinical hypertension. The diastolic reading is usually considered the more significant since it shows the pressure on the arteries when they are at rest. The general classification is as follows:
- A normal blood pressure number is below 120/80;
- Pre-hypertension is diagnosed between 120/80 – 139/89;
- Stage-1 hypertension is between 140/90 – 159/99; and
- Stage-2 hypertension is blood pressure above 160/100.
Some doctors prescribe drug treatment when a patient has reached the pre-hypertension stage. However, this is quite unnecessary since this level of hypertension can be easily addressed through dietary measures. Stage-1 hypertension is commonly present in people above the age of 55 years. It is natural due to aging, and it can also be addressed through dietary and lifestyle measures. There is no genuine evidence to support the need for medicines even at this stage! Stage-2 hypertension is a sign that some deterioration has happened somewhere in the body. As a precautionary measure to avoid unnecessary complications, you can consider taking medication. However, in addition to treating the BP symptom, you also have to find the deeper cause for this symptom and treat it.
Most cases of hypertension can be effectively managed with appropriate dietary and lifestyle changes, and there is insufficient reason to resort to the drug therapy.
What is the mechanism of BP?
Although there are several factors that may raise blood pressure, such as increased cardiac output, an increase in the viscosity of the blood, or the peripheral resistance due to narrowing of the blood vessels (as in the arterioles). This narrowing of the arteries is usually compounded by physical and emotional stress.
Earlier many authorities attributed the high blood pressure to high cholesterol levels in the blood, but this hypothesis was subsequently proved to be false! Medical science now attributes the primary cause of heart disease and high blood pressure to other factors like the consumption of rancid (spoilt) oils. Many changes occur in the natural oil when it is processed at high temperatures. This makes hydrogenated oils such as margarine and the reuse of frying oils as aggravating factors.
Most cases of high blood pressure are both treatable and preventable without using drugs — and most physicians also know it. Then why do they not use the alternatives? A problem arises because both the prevention and treatment of hypertension requires some lifestyle changes; and these changes are both difficult to make and they can be time-consuming. So they emphasise the secondary dietary factors that support high BP. They are the excessive consumption of animal fats and rancid (spoilt) oils; fibre deficiency due to consumption of excess refined carbohydrates; and the excessive intake of refined salt (use only rock salt or an unrefined sea salt). In addition, you can shift from meat diets to plant-based diets and diets high in fruits and vegetables. Still further, consider taking three-day elimination fast (detoxification) every alternate month. Such measures will quickly relieve the hypertension and normalise your blood pressure.
The chief lifestyle factors are prolonged physical or emotional stress and the lack of demanding physical exercise. Hence, it always helps to take a walk daily; do regular aerobic exercises; and practice relaxation techniques.
The drugs treatment for the symptom of high blood pressure is directed to either reduce cardiac output and peripheral resistance; or have diuretic in action to reduce total blood volume. However all these hypertensive drugs have side-effects, and hence their long-term is certainly undesirable. The BP pills deceive the patients by giving them a false sense of security by simply bringing down their blood pressure without attending to the underlying deeper cause of the hypertension!
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