Integrative Health Blog

Other Factors to Consider in the Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Posted by on Mon, Aug 05, 2019

Hypertension, or HTN, is a diagnosis for persistent high blood pressure. You may have received a diagnosis of hypertension (HTN) from your physician based on the numbers of your systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings.  If there is no identifiable  cause to explain the persistently higher than normal blood pressure, you will be given the diagnosis of essential HTN.

Risks of High Blood Pressure

The adverse effects of high blood pressure are well known.  HTN can cause many complications and puts one at increased risk for stroke, heart disease, heart attack and kidney damage.   Therefore, a variety of medications are designed to control the blood pressure.  This approach has reduced the motility and mobility of certain serious complications of HTN.  More public awareness is needed concerning the effectiveness of HTN treatment.  Protection of the vital organ function is just as important, if not more so, than the blood pressure reading alone.

Underlying Issues of Hypertension

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Tags: heart disease, high blood pressure

Forget What You’ve Been Told About Salt

Posted by on Sat, Aug 26, 2017

The Surprising Secret About Salt

The health industry’s stance on salt since the 1950’s was that too much salt (sodium) caused hypertension (high blood pressure) and associated heart disease.   Doctors and nutritionists advised against salt consumption for hypertensives and cardiac patients. It was thought that excess salt would cause water retention leading to increased blood pressure and ultimately resulting in heart disease.  The reason for diuretic medication was to excrete more fluids to lower blood pressure.

But a new book questions the conventional thinking about salt.

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Tags: high blood pressure, integrative health

Warning Signs of Pre-Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Posted by on Wed, Oct 10, 2012

Anita Capizzi RN, CHC

Signs of Insulin Resistance/Pre-diabetes  

-  belly fat

-  sugar cravings

-  fatigue especially after meals

-  high blood pressure

-  high triglycerides

-  hypoglycemia

-  low HDL

-  high cholesterol

-  inflammation in the body

Family History

-  heart disease

-  obesity

-  stroke

-  dementia

Fact:  Pre-diabetes carries with it all the risks of having full blown diabetes

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Tags: belly fat, inflammation, insulin resistance, high blood pressure, diabetes, pre-diabetes, blood sugar, integrative health, integrative nutrition