More than one research study has shown that citizens with hypertension may well do themselves a huge favor by taking charge of their own treatment.
One of those, published last August in the Journal of the American Medical Association, discovered that mature patients in Great Britain who monitored their own blood pressure at home and then adjusted medications as needed, experienced lower hypertension, than those who made routine trips to their doctors’ office. Patient’s who self-monitored followed a pre-set treatment plan, but did not consult an MD when they made dosage changes.
Yet another study – published a month earlier in the American Heart Association’s magazine Hypertension – concluded that the use of home blood pressure monitors drastically cut unnecessary treatment; resulted in far fewer heart emergencies and saved thousands of dollars.
Here are 4 other ways to take charge of your own blood pressure:
Give a nod to yogurt. The probiotics in yogurt often ease blood pressure, according to Australian research. A few ounces a day will do the trick. Make sure the container label reads “active cultures.”
Double up on fruit and veggies. One essential mineral your body needs to maintain optimum blood pressure is potassium. A low potassium eating routine can be as dangerous as one that’s high in sodium. Lots of great foods pack a potassium punch. Think beans and avocadoes, bananas and nuts, melons and tomatoes, orange juice and raisins. And you don’t have to wait till the holidays to nibble on a sweet potato.
Take quick short walks. Three brisk walks a day – a study by Arizona State University discovered – is a great way to battle high blood pressure, more effective than a single, more strenuous hike.
Drink green and hibiscus teas. Excellent studies have shown that these teas can help lower blood pressure. Adult test subjects who drank three cups per day experienced an average of seven point B/P drops within 42 days. The teas were most effective in those with the highest hypertension. Their average systolic blood pressure drop was 13 points.
Here’s one study worth knowing about:
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