(NaturalNews) A recent New York Times article is calling for more people to control their blood pressure (BP). According to the CDC, 67 million Americans have high BP, and 36 million with uncontrolled high BP could greatly add to our healthcare burden. They argue for control of BP through drugs, but diet and exercise are far better options.
While paying lip service to diet and exercise, this call to action is obviously tied to the pharmaceutical industry, which could profit greatly from getting more people on drugs. They insist that medication should be part of the treatment, that drugs effectively treat patients with severe hypertension, and that treating high BP causes few major problems.
Nevertheless, it is always best to explore natural solutions first. Drugs cannot improve health like lifestyle changes and dietary intervention can. Controlling BP with drugs is also associated with an increased risk of death. Diet and exercise reduce the healthcare burden far better than meds, and show benefits far beyond BP control.
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