I have often been asked what one can do for high blood pressure. But recently, it seems I am getting that question more and more often. Whether it’s linked to stress (and who isn’t stressed), or diet, or even if it’s because of Grandma Lucy and your genes, there are many things that you can do to support your heart!
The American Heart Association now defines high blood pressure as 130/80 mm Hg or higher. However, the OPTIMAL blood pressure is 120 over 80, or lower. Continue reading “How to Support Blood Pressure Naturally”
Black people had a nearly twofold higher mortality rate than their white peers for hypertension-related heart disease deaths in 2018, according to a new study in the journal Hypertension.
While several factors played a role in this disparity, a plant-based diet is one way to help fight high blood pressure. One study found that a plant-based diet reduced hypertension risk by 44% in Black Americans. Continue reading “Plant-Based Diets Shown to Fight Hypertension in Black People”
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a leading underlying condition for those who have died from COVID-19. In New York, the U.S. epicenter of the virus, 52% of people who have died from COVID-19 had high blood pressure. In Louisiana, 66% had high blood pressure. African Americans, who are disproportionately dying from COVID-19, are at greater risk of hypertension. Compared to white Americans of the same ages, black Americans are 50% more likely to have high blood pressure.
At the Barnard Medical Center, we recommend a plant-based diet to help patients fight hypertension. Continue reading “Hypertension: COVID-19’s Leading Underlying Killer”
According to the CDC, 75 million Americans have high blood pressure. And another one in three Americans are at risk for developing high blood pressure. Having high blood pressure puts you at risk for heart disease and stroke, which are leading causes of death in the United States. The American Heart Association now defines high blood pressure as 130/80 mm Hg or higher.
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. Continue reading “Understanding Blood Pressure”
For years, we have been told to cut back on sodium for healthy blood pressure, but research is showing that cutting back on sugar may be just as important, if not more important than putting down the salt shaker.
Researchers at Louisiana State University conducted an 18-month study on 810 people without high blood pressure or the early stages of high blood pressure (hypertension). Their goal was to evaluate how exercise, weight loss and diet affect blood pressure.
The results found that cutting back on sugar would in fact lower high blood pressure. The study focused on sugary sweetened beverages, which they referred to as SSBs. After 18 months they found that that overweight adults with high blood pressure who drank one less serving of sugary soda per day had a significant decline in blood pressure. Although further studies are needed to determine exactly why this is the case, they did conclude that reduced consumption of SSBs and sugars were significantly associated with reduced blood pressure, and that reducing SSBs and sugar consumption may be an important dietary strategy to lower blood pressure. Continue reading “Cut Back on Sugar to Reduce Blood Pressure”