Possible reasons for having high blood pressure.

Q: I am a 64 year old man who has exercised all my life, am far from being over weight, and watch my diet very closely. I neither smoke nor drink. My blood pressure has maintained a level of being normal for years, and now all of a sudden it seems to be on the move upward. At last reading in the doctor’s office, it measured 152/74. The doctor suggested the DASH diet and prescribed linisopril. I have never been a advocate of taking alot of medication, and would hope that there may be an alternative to this type of treatment. I have tried to figure out what might be causing my problem, and my only conclusion would be that my parents were both being treated for high blood pressure and genetics might play a part. I have also experienced a great deal of stress over the past two years and very seldom get more than five hours a sleep each night. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

A: Genetics plays a role in the development of high blood pressure as does just getting older. Having a regular exercise program and eating right are very important in maintaining good health. So is sleep. You are not getting enough sleep. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep (see this article on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on how much sleep adults need). It is well known that stress contributes to high blood pressure. The Resperate has been clinically proven to lower blood pressure. It is not a drug. Many Resperate users say regular use helps relieve stress and they sleep better at night. You should ask your doctor about trying the Resperate.

Further Reading:
High Blood Pressure and Genetics – LowerYourBloodPressureNow.org
Insufficient Sleep Linked To High Blood Pressure – MedicalNewsToday.com

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