Why You Should Not Use Drugs For High Blood Pressure

To date there are over 300 drugs getatable for the treatment of high blood pressure and studies have shown that they all bear about the same level of worth. It does not matter which one you use the outcome will be uniform. Doctors tend to pick their favorite drug depending on the number of side effects they will have to face. Once they get used to several drugs they can depend on, then that becomes their pallet.

Diuretics are considered the first line of defense against hypertension, a thiazide diuretic is the usual prescription. A thiazide diuretic can sling-shot you into diabetes, and diabetes can sling-shot you into high blood pressure. All you’ve done is make a loop.

Hypertensive drugs are notorious for creating side effects. Depending on which study you read, somewhere between 30% and 50% of those started on antihypertensive medications discontinue them. They may tell the doctor, they may not.

The figures are not precise but it has been estimated that 50% of those who know they have high blood pressure would rather have the high blood pressure than put up with drug side effects.

Once your blood pressure is suppressed by the medication it does not mean your problems are over. In a substantial number of cases, the pressure breaks through the medication after a while, then and the drug dose must be increased. Maybe you will need two drugs instead of one. And, maybe even three to keep control – all of course contributing their own special side effects.

The drugs are a trap because once they have altered your basic metabolism, as a drug will do if it is used continuously, you will find it extremely difficult to back out of them and try something else.

The two major alternatives are: weight loss and exercise. And, these do work 99% of the time if weight loss is achieved and the habit of exercise is anchored. For some this is easy, for most it is harder than it sounds. But there is a compromise: partial weight loss and increased walking.

There are a number of unapproved, but successful approaches utilizing, nutritional supplements, herbs, biofeedback, acupuncture, etc, etc, etc. Unfortunately many do not choose to utilize these approaches because, so called, evidence based Physicians dissuade them. Evidence based medicine is a farce, but that is an argument for another article.

Two final points: Drugs for high blood pressure should only be used when everything else available has been tried first, and second, high blood pressure is extremely deadly and should not be trivialized. Just because a nutrient should be tested first, for example, does not mean that the disease is innocuous and therefore time is of no consequence.

Teenager or not, no matter what your age keep track of your blood pressure, check it twice yearly. Why should I say that to the public at large? It’s because nowadays one out of three people in the general population is coming down with hypertension, and they will never know it until they are well into stage two – there are no symptoms from this disease to warn you until the disease has firmly fastened itself onto you.