The Physicians Committee

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

  September 11, 2015     Dr. Neal Barnard    

 
 

Lowering your blood pressure below current guidelines may save your life. Maintaining a systolic blood pressure of 120 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg)—instead of the current guidelines for 140 mm Hg—could reduce risk of heart attack and cardiovascular death, according to study results released today from the National Institutes of Health’s Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT). It’s what the Physicians Committee already recommends in our Eight Ways to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure report.

In the NIH study of people 50 years or older, blood pressure medication was used to achieve a target systolic pressure of 120 mm Hg. That reduced rates of cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and heart failure, as well as stroke, by almost a third and the risk of death by almost a quarter, as compared to the target systolic pressure of 140 mm Hg.

Of course, you’ll want to talk to your physician about the best way to reach your ideal blood pressure. But remember that medications aren’t the only route to lower blood pressure. You can start lowering your blood pressure today with these Eight Ways to Naturally Lower Blood Pressure. Then make sure to share the tips with your doctor at your next visit.

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High blood pressure runs in

High blood pressure runs in my family, and I am a living proof that fruits, specialy banana lower hypertension, better than all those pills or medicines doctors have prescribed and with no other side effect than an overall health.

Already well known

It is well known from anecdotal and clinical trial evidence that diet interventions can reduce blood pressure. Just one example among many: A Clinical Trial of the Effects of Dietary Patterns on Blood Pressure

Lawrence J. Appel, M.D., M.P.H., Thomas J. Moore, M.D., Eva Obarzanek, Ph.D., William M. Vollmer, Ph.D., Laura P. Svetkey, M.D., M.H.S., Frank M. Sacks, M.D., George A. Bray, M.D., Thomas M. Vogt, M.D., M.P.H., Jeffrey A. Cutler, M.D., Marlene M. Windhauser, Ph.D., R.D., Pao-Hwa Lin, Ph.D., Njeri Karanja, Ph.D., Denise Simons-Morton, M.D., Ph.D., Marjorie McCullough, M.S., R.D., Janis Swain, M.S., R.D., Priscilla Steele, M.S., R.D., Marguerite A. Evans, M.S., R.D., Edgar R. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., and David W. Harsha, Ph.D. for the DASH Collaborative Research Group

N Engl J Med 1997; 336:1117-1124April 17, 1997DOI: 10.1056/NEJM199704173361601

Hypertension, glycemic control, obesity, IBS, and constipation are just a few common chronic diseases that are extremely amenable to dietary changes that favor plants and whole grains. What a complete revolution in the overall health of our population would take place if people followed the dietary advice put forth on this blog.

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