What if you found out that men with high blood pressure will often outlive men with low blood pressure?
Blood pressure medication is an enormously profitable business for the big drug companies.
$40 billion in blood pressure drugs are being sold worldwide.
This doesn’t count all the doctor visits and the cost of monitoring blood pressure and everything else.
And drugs are the most common blood pressure treatment.
But it turns out blood pressure medication may actually shorten your life
This study shows that men with higher blood pressure live longer.
And the worst health outcomes are for men who are on blood pressure medication.
Somewhat arbitrarily, this study applies to men over age 75.
THE MORTALITY RISK WAS STRONGEST IN MEN WHO TOOK ANTIHYPERTENSIVE MEDICATION AND HAD A FALL IN DIASTOLIC PRESSURE.
Many other studies show the same thing.
This study looked at 7,610 men in Hawaii.
All of these men were of Japanese ancestry, ages 48 to 68.
And the study looked at their progress over ten years.
MEN WHO WERE RECEIVING ANTIHYPERTENSIVE MEDICATION AT BASELINE EXAMINATION HAD A HIGHER MORTALITY FROM HEART DISEASE AND STROKE AS COMPARED TO UNTREATED MEN IN EVERY CATEGORY OF BLOOD PRESSURE STATUS.
The results could not be more clear.
Men receiving blood pressure medication lived a shorter lifetime than men who did not.
Being on the blood pressure medication was a clear link to a shorter lifespan.
But what should you do if you have high blood pressure?
Well, don’t start by dropping your blood pressure medication cold turkey.
Suddenly quitting the medication can cause severe health dangers.
Plus, some men do have very high blood pressure, and it seems to help if they control it with medication.
It’s important to look at what is causing the blood pressure.
It is common for blood pressure to rise as men get older, but that doesn’t mean that it’s an unsafe increase.
The guidelines for high blood pressure may be far too strict.
A man with 140/90 blood pressure perhaps to do nothing.
A man with 200/100 blood pressure has a problem.
Today, it seems to be common for doctors to treat every man with even moderate blood pressure as “high blood pressure.”
Instead of immediately letting the doctor prescribe medications, see if you’re in any immediate danger.
If not, you have time to work on some very easy lifestyle changes you can make that lower blood pressure naturally.
There are plenty of non-medical ways to lower blood pressure.