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How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure

It’s strange that I’m starting my website with this post because although I’m conscious of leading a healthy lifestyle (exercise and nutrition), I don’t do a lot of reading in the subject area. However, my wife wanted me to read a chapter from Michael Greger‘s book How Not to Die and I thought, why not begin this website by posting a summary of what he has to say about high blood pressure (which I may be developing).

Who is Michael Greger? He is a medical doctor who has specialized in the role nutrition plays in addressing disease and in maintaining good health.

He notes that the medical journal Lancet identified the number-one risk factor for death in the world as being high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 while anything above 140/90 is typically considered hypertensive. Increased blood pressure puts strain on the heart, damage blood vessels and increase the risk of stroke. Ideally though, blood pressure should be 110/70.

High blood pressure seems to be a chronic condition of Western society that worsens as people grow older whereas people in Africa of the same age who naturally eat a low sodium, planted based diet, show no such issue.

So how can one reduce blood pressure?

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