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Most Elderly Don't Take Care of Their High Blood Pressure

Three out of four Americans aged 80 or older have high blood pressure but most do not get adequate treatment, exposing them to a risk of heart attack or stroke. The study found 74 percent of people aged 80 and older had high blood pressure, compared with 63 percent of those aged 60 to 79 and 27 percent of those younger than 60. Yet less than two-thirds of the people in the two older age groups received treatment for their conditions.

Keeping high blood pressure in check could mean the difference between living a healthy, active life into your 80s or 90s, or having to overcome the effects of a heart attack or stroke.

If you suffer from high blood pressure, there are three important factors you should implement into your daily life to help normalize your blood pressure levels:

  • Eliminating grains and sugars from your diet. This can lower insulin levels and stop blood pressure from going up in most people.
  • Normalizing the common stresses in your life that tend to elevate blood pressure.
  • Getting 60-90 minutes of exercise a day.

    I also strongly encourage you to review Dr. Rosch's excellent summary of high blood pressure.

    Journal of the American Medical Association July 27, 2005; 294:466-472

    Yahoo News July 26, 2005

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