What if you found out that your blood pressure medications are actually hurting you?
What if you found out that higher blood pressure means that men will often live longer than those with low blood pressure?
By the end of today’s newsletter, that’s exactly what you’ll know.
Blood pressure medication is an enormously profitable business.
$40 billion in drugs are being sold worldwide.
This doesn’t count all the doctor visits and the cost of monitoring blood pressure and everything else.
And it’s the most common anti-hypertensive treatment.
But one fact remains… blood pressure medication does NOT lower blood pressure.
You might be thinking, but it’s helping people live longer.
It doesn’t do that either.
Lowering blood pressure is not always good.
It turns out blood pressure medication actually shortens your life if you’re elderly.
This study shows that men with higher blood pressure live longer.
And the worst outcomes are for men that are on blood pressure medication.
Somewhat arbitrarily, this study t 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, and 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.
In a study I covered recently, consuming a few glasses of milk or cheese resulted in very much lower blood pressure over several months.
That’s a tasty way to lower your blood pressure without medications.
Raising the amount of magnesium and calcium you get can lower blood pressure.
There are also some herbs that work to lower blood pressure.
And many lifestyle changes are very easy and lower blood pressure without medication.
And you may not need to lower your blood pressure.
Unless it’s very high, it may be just fine and perfectly healthy.
You may live a long time.
In fact, lowering your blood pressure may actually shorten your life.
Blood pressure change and survival after age 75.
The impact of elevated blood pressure upon 10-year mortality among Japanese men in Hawaii: The Honolulu heart program