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Ways to Manage Hypertension

With the number of deaths due to high blood pressure (hypertension) increasing exponentially through the years, it’s more important than ever to find ways of managing — and reducing — hypertension. Omron Healthcare offers an online list of non-drug approaches to doing this.

Suggested smart blood pressure-lowering measures include losing weight, exercising, eating healthy, avoiding sodium-rich foods, easing up on alcohol, stopping smoking, easing up on caffeine and reducing stress in your life — all commonsense approaches I’ve talked about for many years. It’s a given that even slight weight gains can increase your blood pressure, so weight loss is a good place to start if you have become hypertensive.

With your weight loss attempt, it’s vitally important to eliminate excess sugar, particularly if you’re insulin resistant. Especially notable is that studies show that sugar, particularly fructose, may actually be worse for your blood pressure than salt!

If you’re interested in learning more about the links between sugar and chronic diseases, SugarScience.org is a new website that uses graphics, videos and science to talk about this. A product of Dr. Robert Lustig, an expert whom I’ve interviewed numerous times on the dangers of sugar, and who has reviewed more than 8,000 independent studies on sugar and its role in heart disease, type 2 diabetes, liver disease and more, this site can give you some illuminating information.

For example, the site points out the dangers of hidden sugars found in processed foods: Coming with 61 different names on food labels, these sugars can be found in 74 percent of packaged foods. A few of the names to look out for include sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, barley malt, dextrose, maltose and rice syrup.
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