Tuesday, March 27, 2007

High blood pressure or hypertension is one of the biggest medical challenges we face in this century. Hypertension is called "the silent killer" because it damages many organs without ever causing pain, and the longer the condition exists, the greater the damage and the risk of cardiac disease. There are two types of hypertension: primary, or essential, hypertension and secondary hypertension. Secondary hypertension, which accounts for only 10 to 15 percent of all cases, is precipitated by an identifiable cause, such as kidney disease or a tumor. In these cases, once the cause is treated, the pressure returns to normal. The main concern here is the primary hypertension, which has no known or specific cause.

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Some natural treatments for Hypertension:
  • If you are taking medication for hypertension, do not discontinue. Consult your physician, adopt the changes recommended here, and get a pressure reading two to three months later to see if your pressure has lowered and if you can reduce your medication.
  • If you are overweight, lose weight. This change alone can sometimes lower your pressure into the normal range. Lower your fat intake.
  • Adopt as many relevant features of a Vegetarian diet as possible including more polyunsaturated fat, fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and potassium.
  • Adopt a high fiber diet. Try oat bran cereal, or some other high-fiber cereal, for breakfast. Increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grain cereals, breads, and pastas. Do not take fiber supplements in connection with hypertension.
  • If you are addicted to alcohol, stop immediately. If you smoke, get rid of it in no time. Alcohol and smoke are the two biggest supporters of hypertension, so get rid of these habits immediately.
  • Adopt an exercise program. Exercise for a half hour three to four times weekly. A brisk walk is excellent. Adopt a stress control program.
Here’s something very interesting I have found on the net about hypertension. Have a look at it!

posted by Robert at 6:47 AM |