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Posted on 04-01-2014
On Saturday, Yahoo health published a small article about a change to the "recommended" range for "normal" blood pressure: click here to read the Yahoo article, or click here to read the original article in JAMA. A quote from the Yahoo article: "About 5.8 million American adults may no longer be prescribed drugs to treat high blood pressure under recently revised guidelines, according to a new study. In February, the Eighth Joint National Committee released controversial guidelines that relaxed blood pressure goals in adults 60 and older from 140/90 to 150/90."
What's interesting to me is this: What will happen to the 13.5 million people who had previously been prescribed blood pressure meds, potentially unneccesarily? Will their MD's take them off of these drugs? What might the risk of that be? If the body has gotten "used to" depending on a medication to regulate a body function, the body will have to adapt to the LACK of drug. What adverse events might that cause? Will their body even remember how to regulate blood pressure from the inside, after not having had to keep tabs on this for months, years?
And how many of these 13.5 million people were offered an alternative approach to helping their body to reduce borderline high blood pressure? Did you know that chiropractic care can help with this? Click here for one of my favorite research studies on the subject.
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