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Lowering Your Blood Pressure Using Drugs May Increase Your Risk of Death, Study Shows

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Blood Pressure

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  • A study shows using drugs to lower systolic blood pressure below 130 mm Hg is not associated with better outcomes in patients diagnosed with both diabetes and coronary artery disease
  • In the vast majority of cases, drugs are not needed to reverse hypertension; making some basic diet and lifestyle adjustments are the safest and most reliable option for optimizing your blood pressure, including drastically reducing your sugar intake (especially fructose), optimizing dietary fats, exercising, getting plenty of vitamin D and vitamin K2, grounding yourself and managing stress
  • Prescription drugs now kill more people than illegal drugs or motor vehicle accidents, making them one of the leading causes of death in America, even when taken as prescribed

Hypertension is dangerous if uncontrolled, increasing your risk for heart attack and stroke. But using drugs to lower your blood pressure may shorten your lifespan instead of extending it, according to the results of a University of Florida study.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, suggests that when it comes to blood pressure medication, less is more.

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