Q: I am a spiritual mentor, teaching yoga and meditation. My life style is calm, cool, connected, centered..but my blood pressure is still going up, despite medicines etc. It is normally 150/90 but sometimes 160/100. So tell me what could be the reason? Is it genetic? My mother also has high blood pressure.
A: Unfortunately medicine does not yet know the cause of most high blood pressure. Genetics certainly plays a role. Having relatives with high blood pressure is a risk factor for developing the disease. It is known that lowering stress, regular exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight all help with blood pressure control. I am sure your blood pressure would be worse if you weren’t a spiritual mentor.