Today high blood pressure to many people has become more than just a chronic complaint, it is more of a lifestyle; a lifestyle dependent upon drug medication and regular visit to the physician for repeat prescription, and checkups.
This medical condition afflicts mainly adults, and on average 15 to 20% of this adult population have raised blood pressure. Majority of the sufferer (about 1/3) is not aware of their condition and this remain until it has reached dangerous high level.
High blood pressure and hardened arteries (arteriosclerosis) are two basic conditions responsible for many forms of cardiovascular diseases, and sometime could also result in the damage of kidney.
The available drugs cannot cure but leaves undesirable side effects some of which can be quite serious. One of the more common of these side effects is tiredness and extreme lack of energy. To mitigate these patients often seek vitamins and other supplements when actually the only satisfactory treatment would have been to discontinue taking the medication which caused it.
What hope do these sufferers have? The truth is, high blood pressure can not only be prevented by a sensible diet, the symptoms and the cause can also be removed. If the cause can be removed, then the patient’s own natural recuperative power can take over and restore health so that synthetic drugs become unnecessary and there are no side effects.
About a century ago high blood pressure was almost unheard. Concerning the prevalent of high blood pressure today our diet and modern lifestyles, which exposes us to constant stress, are the culprit. Rich food, too much fat, too much sugar, and too much common salt in our diet are predisposing factor.
Overweight and high blood pressure are related. Usually the first step in the treatment of high blood pressure is to reduce the weight to normal level. In the western world the problem of overweight has reached an alarming rate. The affluent are overfed but undernourished.
Smoking is another factor that contributes to the raising of blood pressure. There is a mineral in cigarette called cadmium, the body cannot use and is closely associated with high blood pressure. Cadmium is also found in superphosphate, a fertilizer used in food production; we can therefore ingest cadmium through the food chain without knowing it, as well as by smoking cigarettes.
Genetic factors also play an important role, a person’s genetic make-up determines how prone he is to develop abnormal blood pressure. Some people because of their genetic make-up are more prone to developing blood pressure that is higher than others and it is not unusual for high blood pressure to run in the families.
Lifestyle change could mitigate genetic factor as observed among Japanese who immigrated to America and get exposed to western lifestyle of diet of fat, salt, sugar and refined carbohydrates, had their blood pressure raised to equal that of the Americans with the resultant circulatory disorders.
This observation that is very clear show that diet is a major factor that causes high blood pressure and its related diseases. A diet high in salt, fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates increases the production of cholesterol which clogs up the arteries and reduces their diameter, alters the electrolyte balance causing the muscular walls of the arteries to contract and creates mineral deficiencies particularly, magnesium deficiency. This causes death of muscle cells, followed by coronary thrombosis or myocardial infarction.
High blood pressure can not only be prevented by a sensible diet but also dietary support during treatment of high blood pressure can have a critical influence on recovery.
There is no doubt that the two major factors influencing high blood pressure are genetic factors and diet. We cannot do anything about our genes, but we can do a lot to adjust our diet and lifestyle to overcome this disorder and open the door to a fuller, rich and longer life.