How to lower blood pressure
This post is quite a personal one and important to me on how to lower blood pressure.
Recently my mum has been diagnosed with a swollen liver, high cholesterol to the point if it gets much higher then my mum is heading for a massive heart attack. She has also been diagnosed with high blood pressure because my mums liver is swollen the doctors are very careful about what medication she takes this naturally got me thinking how to lower blood pressure without medication.
For my Mum, this dangerous path of ill health started about 10 years ago when my mum had to have a false hip put in due to arthritis which has now spread to her spine.
Due to the operation, it made her less active and in return gained weight leading to high blood pressure,
for eight years the doctor prescribed 500mg of paracetamol and 30 mg of codeine.
Little did my mum know the damage the medication was causing to her liver, for about 3 weeks she was in agonising pain and that’s when she was admitted to the hospital and found out the shocking truth of how bad her health is.
Like mentioned above, my mum’s cholesterol was so high that a massive heart attack was imminent if that wasn’t devastating enough they then dropped the bombshell that her liver is 4 times the size it should be.
We’re not sure yet if It is damaged behind repair……oh and also Mrs Bolton you have high blood pressure.
The saddest part of this story is, in all likely hood it could have been prevented or at the very least prolonged if my Mum did more exercise and better diet in her life, and she knows it as well! sometimes you just run out of time.
What is high blood pressure?
We have all heard of high blood pressure at some point or another but what exactly is it? it occurs when the heart forces blood against the walls of your arteries at a higher rate, also referred to as hypertension
If you have ever had your blood pressure taken then you might be aware of the two different numbers one usually above the other something like 117 over 76 but what the hell do these numbers mean the 117, in this case, would be systolic and the 76 is diastolic
- Systolic Pressure– force when the heart beats
- Diastolic Pressure-force during rest period in between beats
What causes high blood pressure?
Research suggests that roughly 90% of cases are unknown but can be narrowed down to several factors these include age, hereditary, poor diet, too much salt and not enough exercise.
Then we have the other 10% of cases which are known and include herbal tablets, cocaine and other recreational drugs kidney disease and some forms of medication.
How do I know if I have Hypertension?
High blood pressure often comes with no symptoms, however, this is a serious disease and if left undiagnosed and live with it for a long period of time can have devastating effects on your health including stroke, heart disease and kidney failure to name some of the most serious conditions if left untreated.
So what can I do to treat blood pressure?
As with anything serious always go to doctors to see if there is an underlining health problem.
Prevention is always better than cure so look at your lifestyle and see where you can make some changes such as stop smoking or cutting down, there is plenty of help out there such as New Leaf in the UK.
Lose some weight as there is a direct link between overweight and high blood pressure, start exercising with a minimum of 30 mins three times a week and look at your diet. if you click the blue link it will take you to the exercise or diet category.
Research as also suggested that stress can cause high blood pressure so figure out what your stress triggers are and if possible avoid them or think of a different strategy to cope with these triggers, take some me time and do the things you enjoy you would be surprised at the power of laughter and happiness.
Reduce your salt intake and alcohol consumption and remember you don’t have to give everything you enjoy up just make adjustments and find a balance.
If you have ever asked yourself how to lower blood pressure without medication then you must have had a worry at some point either about yourself or friend/family member. although high blood pressure is something to be concerned over its easily treatable so don’t panic.
Always look to prevent than to cure as it’s a lot easier battle, luckily high blood pressure is reversible, the best way to prevent it is to give yourself a test with a monitor once a fortnight takes 5 mins.
click on this link to view the Beurer BM 19 blood pressure monitor review.
If you have any questions or suffer from high blood pressure leave a comment below would love to hear from you.