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    Sunday, February 19, 2017

    COCOA

    Men who consumed the most cocoa had lower blood pressure, 3.7 mmHg systolic, 2.1 mmHg diastolic

    The one-third of elderly men, 65- to 84-years-old, who consumed the most cocoa had an average systolic blood pressure that was 3.7 mmHg lower and an average diastolic blood pressure that was 2.1 mmHg lower than the one-third of men consuming the least cocoa (none) according to The Zutphen Elderly Study.

    The one-third of men who consumed the most cocoa consumed an average of 4.2 grams per day which is the amount found in 10 grams of dark chocolate (0.35 ounces of dark chocolate).

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Feb 19, 2017 1:21 pm | [0] comments

    Thursday, February 09, 2017

    VEGETARIANISM

    Vegans are 63% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians

    Vegans are 63% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians according to the Adventist Health Study-2.

    After adjusting for body mass index (BMI), vegans had a 47% lower risk of hypertension than non-vegetarians.

    In other words, part of the reason for the lower risk of hypertension was due to lower body weight.

    Vegans eat no animal products.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 2:14 pm | [0] comments

    VEGETARIANISM

    Lacto-ovo vegetarians are 43% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians

    Lacto-ovo vegetarians are 43% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians according to the Adventist Health Study-2.

    After adjusting for body mass index (BMI), lacto-ovo vegetarians had a 14% lower risk of hypertension than non-vegetarians.

    In other words, a large part of the reason for the lower risk of hypertension was due to lower body weight.

    Lacto-ovo vegetarians eat vegetables, eggs, and dairy products, but who do not eat meat.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 2:09 pm | [0] comments

    VEGETARIANISM

    Semi-vegetarians are 8% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians

    Semi-vegetarians are 8% less likely to have hypertension than non-vegetarians according to the Adventist Health Study-2.

    After adjusting for body mass index (BMI), semi-vegetarians had a 22% greater risk of hypertension than non-vegetarians.

    In other words, the reason for the lower risk of hypertension was due to lower body weight.

    Semi-vegetarians eat primarily a vegetarian diet, but occasionally eat meat, poultry or seafood.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Feb 09, 2017 2:01 pm | [0] comments

    Wednesday, January 04, 2017

    HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE

    One ounce of dark chocolate per day lowered blood pressure 6 mm Hg, fasting blood sugar 8 mg/dl

    People with type 2 diabetes and hypertension who were given one ounce (25 grams) of dark chocolate per day had a 6 mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure (dropping from 137 to 131 mm Hg), a 6 mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure (dropping from 85 to 79 mm Hg), and an 8 mg/dl drop in fasting blood sugar (dropping from 138 to 130 mg/dl) over two months compared to people who given the same amount of white chocolate according to a study from the Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 9:32 am | [0] comments

    Sunday, December 25, 2016

    COCOA & BLOOD PRESSURE

    Giving people 3.5 oz of dark chocolate per day decreased blood pressure 4.7 mm Hg / 2.8 mm Hg

    Giving people cocoa, an average of 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of dark chocolate per day, for a median of two (2) weeks lowered blood pressure by an average of 4.7 mm Hg systolic (the upper number) and 2.8 mm Hg diastolic (the lower number) compared to those who were not given cocoa according to a meta-analysis of five (5) randomized controlled studies of cocoa administration involving a total of 173 subjects.

    “Current randomized dietary studies indicate that consumption of foods rich in cocoa may reduce blood pressure,” the authors of the paper concluded.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Dec 25, 2016 1:57 pm | [0] comments

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    HIBISCUS TEA & BLOOD PRESSURE

    Hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure by 7 points from 129 to 122 mmHg in Tufts University study

    Three servings of hibiscus tea (H. sabdariffa) per day for six weeks lowered blood pressure by an average of 7 mmHg systolic and 3 mmHg diastolic in people with mild hypertension or prehypertension according to a study from researchers at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

    Each serving was 8-ounces (240 mL).

    Blood pressure dropped in those given hibiscus tea from an average of 129/79 mmHg to 122/76 mmHg after six weeks compared to an average drop in those given a placebo from 130/80 to 129/79 mmHg.

    The authors of the study noted that other studies have found that hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure about twice as much in people with higher blood pressures.

    “Daily consumption of 3 servings of H. sabdariffa (hibiscus) tea, an amount readily incorporated into the diet, effectively lowered [blood pressure] in pre- and mildly hypertensive adults,” the authors of the study concluded.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 7:45 am | [0] comments

    HIBISCUS TEA & BLOOD PRESSURE

    Hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure from 139/91 to 124/80 mmHg

    In people with mild hypertension, hibiscus tea (H. sabdariffa) lowered blood pressure by roughly 15 points systolic and 11 points diastolic from an average blood pressure of 139/91 mmHg to 124/80 mmHg after four weeks.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 7:22 am | [0] comments

    HIBISCUS TEA & BLOOD PRESSURE

    Hibiscus tea lowered blood pressure by 11% in people with mild hypertension

    In people with mild hypertension, hibiscus tea (H. sabdariffa) lowered blood pressure, both systolic and diastolic, by roughly 11% within twelve days of starting treatment which would mean a drop of roughly 16 points systolic and 10 points diastolic.

    In other words, if someone had a blood pressure of 150/90 mmHg, their blood pressure would be lowered to 134/80 mmHg.

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jul 22, 2016 7:05 am | [0] comments

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    BLOOD PRESSURE

    Aiming for blood pressure targets lower than 140/90 mmHg is not beneficial says Cochrane Review

    Aiming for blood pressure targets lower than 140/90 mmHg is not beneficial,” concludes a 2009 review by the Cochrane Collaboration.

    “Using more drugs in the lower target groups did achieve modestly lower blood pressures, however, this strategy did not prolong survival or reduce stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure.

    “More trials are needed, but at present there is no evidence to support aiming for a blood pressure target lower than 140/90 mmHg in any hypertensive patient.”

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    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jul 18, 2016 3:17 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, December 14, 2015

    POTASSIUM & SODIUM

    People consuming the most potassium were 35% less likely to die from coronary heart disease

    The one-fifth of people consuming the most potassium were 35% less likely to die from coronary heart disease than the one-fifth of people consuming the least.

    The top one-fifth consumed an average of 3363 mg of potassium per day versus 1720 mg per day for the bottom one-fifth.

    The one-fifth of people consuming the most sodium versus the one-fifth consuming the least were:
    • 42 percent more likely to have cardiovascular disease

    • 55 percent more likely to have a stroke of any kind

    • 104 percent more likely to have an ischemic stroke (2X as likely).

    The top one-fifth consumed 6523 mg of sodium per day versus 2322 mg per day for the bottom one-fifth. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 6:18 am | [8] comments

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014

    BETA BLOCKERS

    Beta blockers only prevent one death per year for every 2500 people given these drugs

    People given beta blockers were:

    • 10 to 24 times more like to dropout of studies due to fatigue
    • 5 times more like to dropout of studies due to sexual dysfunction.

    Beta blockers only prevent:

    • one stroke per year out of every 1400 patients given these drugs.
    • one heart attack per year out of every 1400 patients given these drugs.
    • one death per year out of every 2500 patients given these drugs.

    This was noted in a Letter to the Editor in JAMA by cardiologist, Franz Messerli, MD who has written several papers about the ineffectiveness of beta blockers.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 7:52 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    TYPE 2 HYPOTHYROIDISM

    Type 2 Hypothyroidism can cause high blood pressure notes Mark Starr, MD

    Type 2 Hypothyroidism can cause high blood pressure (hypertension) according to Mark Starr, MD author of the wonderful book Hypothyroidism Type 2: The Epidemic. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 11:15 am | [0] comments

    Sunday, August 10, 2014

    POTASSIUM BICARBONATE

    Potassium bicarbonate reduced my blood pressure by about 20 points to 121/72 mm Hg

    Potassium bicarbonate reduced my blood pressure by about 20 points from roughly 140/70-something to 121/72 mm Hg.
    Potassium chloride is the more commonly-recommended form, however, the research suggests to me that potassium bicarbonate is superior to potassium chloride for many reasons. Here's why. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sun, Aug 10, 2014 9:55 am | [0] comments

    Tuesday, April 29, 2014

    FLAXSEED & HYPERTENSION

    3 Tablespoons of ground flaxseed per day lowers blood pressure 15 mmHg systolic, 7 mmHg diastolic

    Thirty (30) grams of milled flaxseed per day, the amount found in 3 Tablespoons of flaxseed, lowered systolic blood pressure by 15 mmHg, from an average of 158 mmHg to 143 mmHg, and lowered diastolic blood pressure by 7 mmHg, from an average of 82 mmHg to 75 mmHg, compared to placebo over six (6) months according to a recent study.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 12:51 pm | [0] comments

    Thursday, August 22, 2013

    U.S OBESITY

    U.S. Obesity rates by state as well as hypertension, diabetes and physical inactivity

    A table of obesity rates for each U.S. state is attached.

    This if from the 2013 report titled “F is for Fat” by Ryan Masters, PhD who conducted research as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University‚Äôs Mailman School of Public Health.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 2:50 pm | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    U.S. OBESITY

    U.S. obesity: 9 of 10 states with highest rates of type 2 diabetes and hypertension are in the South

    “Nine of the 10 states with the highest rates of type 2 diabetes and hypertension are in the South,” according to the 2013 report titled F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America, 2013 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation who has been publishing this report for 10 years.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 1:20 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, September 03, 2012

    LOW-CARB DIETS

    Average drop in blood pressure of 5 mm Hg systolic, 3 mm Hg diastolic on a low-carbohydrate diet

    The average drop in blood pressure in people on a low-carbohydrate diet was 5 mm Hg systolic and 3 mm Hg diastolic according to a analysis of 17 low-carbohydrate studies which involved a total of 1,141 obese patients.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 03, 2012 9:30 am | [0] comments

    LOW-CARB DIETS

    Low-carbohydrate diets reduced blood pressure, blood sugar, insulin, triglycerides, increased HDL

    Weight loss on a low-carbohydrate diet was associated with improvements in a number of cardiovascular risk factors including:

    • 5 mm Hg decrease in systolic blood pressure
    • 3 mm Hg decrease in diastolic blood pressure
    • 1 mg per deciliter drop in fasting blood sugar
    • 2.2 micro IU per millileter drop in fasting insulin
    • 30 mg per deciliter drop in triglyceride levels
    • 0.2% drop in glycated haemoglobin
    • 1.7 mg per deciliter decrease in C-reactive protein
    • 2.5 inch decrease in waist circumference
    • 1.7 mg per deciliter increase in HDL levels

    “Low-density lipoprotein [LDL] cholesterol and creatinine did not change significantly, whereas limited data exist concerning plasma uric acid,” the paper noted.

    This according to a analysis of 17 low-carbohydrate studies which involved a total of 1,141 obese patients.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 03, 2012 9:20 am | [0] comments

    Monday, April 09, 2012

    SUGAR / FRUCTOSE

    Sugar causes obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease says Robert Lustig, MD

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta: What are all these various diseases that you say are linked to sugar?


    Dr. Robert Lustig: Obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease itself.


    Lustig says the American lifestyle is killing us.


    Dr. Sanjay Gupta: And most of it you say is preventable?


    Dr. Robert Lustig: Seventy-five percent of it is preventable.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Apr 09, 2012 1:20 pm | [0] comments

    SUGAR / FRUCTOSE

    Table sugar (sucrose) is just as bad as high-fructose corn syrup says Robert Lustig, MD

    Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Is it worse than just table sugar?


    Dr. Robert Lustig: No. 'Cause it's the exact same. They are basically equivalent. The problem is they're both bad. They're both equally toxic.


    Since the 1970s, sugar consumption has gone down nearly 40 percent, but high fructose corn syrup has more than made up the difference. Dr. Lustig says they are both toxic because they both contain fructose -- that's what makes them sweet and irresistible.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Apr 09, 2012 1:10 pm | [0] comments

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010

    BLOOD PRESSURE

    People who reduced body fat by 2% reduced blood pressure 8/6 mm Hg

    Reducing body fat lowers blood pressure even without a change in body weight according to a 1998 study.

    People who reduced their percent body fat by 2 percent reduced their blood pressure by 8/6 points after one year from 149/92 to 141/86 mm Hg.

    However, in patients who had a similar reduction in body fat without a change in body weight had a similar reduction in blood pressure of 11/6 from 151/93 to 140/87 mm Hg.

    This suggests that it is excess body fat rather than body weight that causes elevated blood pressure. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 10:27 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, March 17, 2010

    FRUCTOSE

    200 grams of fructose per day for two weeks raised blood pressure 7/6 mm Hg

    Men who were given 200 grams of fructose per day for two weeks had an average increase in blood pressure from 128/78 to 135/84 mm Hg, an increase of 7/6 mm Hg according to a new study. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 10:55 am | [0] comments

    Friday, January 29, 2010

    HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

    Treating High Blood Pressure: What Can You Believe? By Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

    For those of us who enjoy the use of weasel words and non-scientific rubbish dressed up as fact, this is indeed a grand territory to explore….

    I have written about hypertension a couple of times. So I thought that I should throw my hat into the ring about the controversy surrounding the ALLHAT trial. A trial which wins my official tortuous acronym award? ALLHAT stands for the Antihypertensive and Lipid-Lowering treatment to prevent Heart Attack Trial.

    (This article was written by Malcolm Kendrick, MD, author of the wonderful, eye-opening, paradigm-shifting book The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It .) Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 1:58 pm | [0] comments

    HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

    The New Hypertension Guidelines [as of 2003] By Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

    I write this before I have read all the details on the new Heart Lung and Blood Institute guidelines on raised blood pressure [as of 2003]. But there has been enough information flying around to know what they are saying. Frankly, I knew what these guidelines were going to say before the committee met for the first time. Before, in fact, the members of the committee even knew they were going to be on the committee.

    Now we are all to be officially ill.

    (This article was written by Malcolm Kendrick, MD, author of the wonderful, eye-opening, paradigm-shifting book The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It .) Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Jan 29, 2010 8:23 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, January 27, 2010

    HYPERTENSION IS A SYMPTOM, NOT A DISEASE

    High Blood Pressure: It’s A Symptom, Not A Disease, Stupid! By Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

    Let’s suppose that one day you went to the doctor and she decided to take your temperature, just to see what it was. To your surprise it was two degrees higher than normal. As we all know, a high temperature is associated with a higher than normal level of mortality, so the doctor decided to use a drug to get your temperature down, along with advice to wear less clothes and take cold baths.

    Time passes and you have been on this drug for five years. The baths and chilly walks are getting to be a bit of a pain. On the bright side, at least the temperature is back to normal.

    I think you would agree that such a scenario is, quite frankly, nuts.

    (This article was written by Malcolm Kendrick, MD, author of the wonderful, eye-opening, paradigm-shifting book The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It .) Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 12:38 pm | [0] comments

    Friday, October 02, 2009

    HYPERTENSION

    Prevalence of hypertension increases with body weight

    The prevalence of hypertension increases as body weight increases as found in a study of 56784 men aged 18-25 years, entering the Swiss army.
    The prevalence of obesity by weight category was as follows:
    • 12.5% in underweight men with BMI less than 18.5

    • 23.9% in normal weight men with a BMI less than 18.5 to 24.9

    • 37.6% in overweight men with a BMI of 25 to 29.9

    • 49.7% in obese men with a BMI of 30 to 34.9

    • 56.7% in obese men with a BMI of 35 to 39.9

    • 54.2% in underweight men with a BMI of 40 or greater
    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Oct 02, 2009 1:24 pm | [0] comments

    Tuesday, September 22, 2009

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD; Diabetes problems are NOT caused by high blood sugar

    "[H]igh blood glucose in diabetes is NOT the cause of the pathology," wrote Richard Moore, MD, PhD, professor and research scientist, and author of the book "The High Blood Pressure Solution".

    In other words, health problems associated with diabetes are NOT caused by high blood sugar. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 2:09 pm | [0] comments

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD; Diuretics reduce blood pressure by excreting sodium

    “[T]hiazide diuretics lower blood pressure because they get sodium out of the body (through the kidneys)," notes wrote Richard Moore, MD, PhD, professor and research scientist, and author of the book "The High Blood Pressure Solution". Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 11:59 am | [0] comments

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD; 3 newer blood pressure drugs had worse health outcome than diuretics

    "[A blood pressure study called the ALLHAT study found that three newer blood pressure drugs] had far worse health outcomes than the original, cheap thiazide diuretics," wrote Richard Moore, MD, PhD, professor and research scientist, and author of the book "The High Blood Pressure Solution".

    "As one author of the paper wrote, 'We cant say whether the diuretics were better than -- or not as bad as -- the other groups of drugs."

    "Since it is well established that thiazide diuretics often cause diabetes, it well may be the later." Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 11:23 am | [0] comments

    Monday, September 21, 2009

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD: There is no evidence that blood pressure drugs reduce the risk of death

    “In my book, 'The High Blood Pressure Solution', you will find that [there] is no evidence that antihypertensive drugs save lives,” wrote Richard Moore, MD, PhD, professor and research scientist,

    "[In fact,] the very best study ever done of drug treatment of 17,000 hypertensives over a five year period found 'no overall reduction in death rate' in those treated with drugs." Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 2:55 pm | [0] comments

    RICHARD MOORE, MD, PHD

    Richard Moore, MD, PhD: Drugs are not the answer to hypertension

    In 1986, professor and research scientist, Richard Moore, MD, PhD, showed in his book "The K Factor: Reversing and Preventing High Blood Pressure Without Drugs", that 95% of the cases of hypertension are due to a low ratio of potassium to sodium in the American diet.

    “We did not emphasize it, but since you can't repair a dietary deficiency with a synthetic chemical [a drug] this clearly indicated that drugs are not the answer for hypertension," Dr. Moore noted.

    Dr. Moore also notes that back in the 1980's, the largest blood pressure drug study to-date at that time, which included "17,000 people over a 5-year period, demonstrated that lowering blood pressure with drugs had zero effect on over-all mortality!" Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Sep 21, 2009 12:54 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, August 31, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a diuretic plus a beta blocker were 21% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

    Women taking a diuretic plus a beta blocker were 21% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 15 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (134 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure drugs were 18% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a diuretic plus a beta blocker.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 12:32 pm | [0] comments

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a diuretic pus an ACE Inhibitor were 12% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

    Women taking a diuretic plus an ACE inhibitor were 12% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 16 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (133 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure drugs were 11% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a diuretic plus an ACE inhibitor.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Aug 31, 2009 7:32 am | [0] comments

    Friday, August 14, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a diuretic + calcium channel blocker 136% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

    Women taking a diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker were 2.4 times MORE likely (136% more likely) to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 11 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (138 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 58% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a diuretic plus a calcium channel blocker.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 10:43 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 12, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women on calcium channel blockers were 74% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease

    Women taking a calcium channel blocker were 74% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure drugs even though the average systolic pressure was 10 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (139 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 43% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a calcium channel blocker.

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 8:26 am | [0] comments

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking an ACE Inhibitor 4% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease than women on NO drugs

    Women taking an ACE Inhibitor were 4% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 12 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (137 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.

    To say this the other way, women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 4% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking an ACE Inhibitor. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 12, 2009 7:10 am | [0] comments

    Saturday, August 08, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a diuretic were 9% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease than with no drugs

    Women, 50- to 79-years-old with high blood pressure and no history of cardiovascular disease, who were taking a diuretic to lower their blood pressure were 9% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women of the same age who also had hypertension but were taking NO blood pressure medicines even though the average systolic pressure was 13 points LOWER in the drug group than the NO drug group (136 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg) according to a 2004 study.


    Let me say this the other way.


    Older women with hypertension who were NOT taking blood pressure drugs were 8% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease during a 5.9 year follow-up than women of the same age who were taking a diuretic even though the average systolic pressure of the women taking NO blood pressure medicines was 13 points HIGHER than those taking a diuretic (149 mm Hg vs 136 mm Hg).

    Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Sat, Aug 08, 2009 11:11 am | [0] comments

    Wednesday, August 05, 2009

    BLOOD PRESSURE DRUGS

    Women taking a beta blocker were 15% LESS likely to die of cardiovascular disease than with no drugs

    Women taking a beta blocker were 15% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking NO blood pressure medicines according to a 2004 study.

    The average systolic pressure was 11 points LOWER in the drug group than the no drug group (136 mm Hg vs 149 mm Hg).

    To say this the other way, women taking women taking NO blood pressure medicines were 17% MORE likely to die of cardiovascular disease during the 5.9 year follow-up than women taking a beta blocker.

    (YouTube videos are limited to 10 minutes, so I had to split the video into 2 parts.) Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Wed, Aug 05, 2009 5:19 pm | [0] comments

    Monday, June 22, 2009

    UCLA’s Sid Port #1: The belief that lower your blood pressure, the lower your risk of death is WRONG

    The belief that "the higher your blood pressure, the higher your risk of death, and the lower your blood pressure, the lower the risk of death" is WRONG.

    This according to a brilliant paper from UCLA statistician, Sid Port, PhD. Read the entire article | Email this article
    Posted by Larry Hobbs on Mon, Jun 22, 2009 2:03 pm | [0] comments
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