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70% of US women and 50% of US men over 70 years of age have been diagnosed with high blood pressure. 1 in 3 Americans have high blood pressure. 35% of Americans with high blood pressure are unaware they have it. It affects over 65 million people in the US. It accounts for almost 250,000 deaths each year.
High blood pressure (HBP) is a sign that the heart and blood vessels are being overworked. If untreated, the disease can lead to atherosclerosis and congestive heart failure. Multiple organs are affected by high blood pressure including: brain, arteries, eyes, heart and kidneys. Ware and tare to these systems can increase your risk of: stroke, heart attack/failure, eye problems, cognitive decline, and dementia.
The most commonly prescribed prescription drugs on the market for hypertension are: Lisinopril (87.4 million prescriptions/year), Novasc (57.2 million prescriptions/year), and Hydrochlorothiazide (47.8 million prescriptions/year). Of all of these, only 34% of people respond favorably and 97% report significant side effects. 4 out of 10 people discontinue medication due to side effects. The issue with high blood pressure medication is, people don’t feel the changes, so they don’t know when it helps or when it's bad.
Many causes of hypertension include: thyroid dysfunction, food/environmental hypersensitivity, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, magnesium deficiency, essential fatty acid (EFA) imbalance, low vitamin D3, chronic stress and insulin resistance.
To treat hypertension, we must test for the underlying cause and address that issue. We also need to check medications for known side effects. Many medications can increase blood pressure, such as: cold and flu medications that contain decongestants, NSAID pain relievers & Acetaminophen, steroids and immunosuppressants, caffeine, birth control pills and some antidepressants.
Reducing oxidative stress can have a significant impact on HBP. Oxidative stress lowers the ability of the blood vessels to dilate, increases the inflammatory responses, disrupts brain signaling and ultimately increases blood pressure. Reducing this can be achieved by: implementing the anti-inflammatory diet, stress management, weight loss, and supplementation of EFAs & antioxidants.
Nitric oxide (NO) increases vasodilation of blood vessels, decreases platelet aggregation, and reduces blood pressure. Nitric oxide is deficient in the body with high oxidative stress and inflammation. Correcting these factors can help naturally increase your body’s production of Nitric Oxide and ultimately lower your blood pressure.
Some people assume that chiropractors “just crack joints” and only fix neck or back pain. But your body is an integrated system of nerves, cells, and chemicals. If one aspect is out of balance, it can wreak havoc on the body. At Brown Family Chiropractic, we are also trained to provide nutritional counseling to help the body heal, reduce inflammation, reduce pain, improve digestion, improve nutrient absorption and overall wellness in the body.
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