High Blood Pressure : Avoiding Long-term Use of Conventional Hypertension Medicines and Related Potential Side Effects

Causes of high blood pressure are different for every person. They are often called “risk factors”. Well-known modifiable risk factors include: being overweight or obese, physical inactivity, using tobacco, having an unhealthy diet (high in sodium), excessive alcohol usage (more than one drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men), stress, sleep apnea, and diabetes. Non-modifiable risk factors include: age, race, and family history. There are other well-known causes of high blood pressure including certain medications, hormonal imbalances, and kidney disease.

A large spectrum of management strategies and treatment modalities are available and include: clinical nutrition, exercise prescriptions, botanical medicine, behavioral medicine, and,  standard conventional medications (currently most commonly used worldwide).

One of the most concerning aspects of hypertension is that you may not know that you have it. In fact, nearly one-third of people who have high blood pressure don't know it. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is through regular checkups, and when we visit an emergency room for some other health complains and a medical examination reveals it. This may also explains why most of us end up getting more of the standard conventional medical treatments than other treatment modalities.

Prescription drugs  can alleviate high blood pressure symptoms and are effective in emergency cases but have a downside of side effects when used over a long period of time and in almost all times, they do not treat the root cause of the health problem (high blood pressure), rendering them lifelong use.

Long-term use side effects include:

· Cough
· Diarrhea or constipation
· Dizziness or lightheadedness
· Feeling nervous
· Feeling tired, weak, drowsy, or a lack of energy
· Headache
· Nausea or vomiting
· Skin rash
· Weight loss or gain without trying
· Beta-blockers make your heart beat less forcefully and more slowly.

I personally experienced some of these side effects manifestations during use of atenolol  for a period of about 2 years. The work-up call came about when I realized that my heart beat had dropped to 46-48 bpm and was always in a sluggish state (tired), sleeping even when standing, (e.g. in a queue)



The solution:

Although it was a trial and error game, it worked. I considered prioritizing lifestyle changes, with a focus on nutrition and diet within the scope of metabolic correction approaches. In simple terms, I utilized the food as medicine view, by use of nutritional supplements to normalize my blood pressure. It’s now my fifth year since I shelved  my last atenolol prescription refill and I am living in harmony with my blood pressure. I don’t see any reason why I would ever have to go and order another atenolol prescription refill, as long as healthy food and nutritional supplements exist.

Food Matters!!!

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