I believe that the American processed foods, fast food, and large portions help lead us down this path. I working on not using food as my guilty pleasure. It will kill me.
10/31/2013 9:37:34 PM
So...For generations my family history includes smoking, drinking, eating fried high calorie foods and no exercising. My personal history includes no smoking, no drinking, running up to 22 miles a week, and a healthy diet I lost 60 lbs in the last two years, and I am a white female. My only risk factor is I am 54. So why is my blood pressure high? The point of exercising eating healthy and losing 60 lbs was to stay off meds!!!!! If exercising didn't lower my BP why would meds do it?
The hubby has high blood pressure and is on mess for it but has always tested to have borderline low sodium levels even though he salts everything he eats. There is no proof that high levels of sodium in the diet contribute to high blood pressure. It is strictly an individual thing - what works for one person does not work for all. That's why they call it "practicing" medicine.
2/25/2011 9:59:06 AM
ALERT! Please be aware and share with all those you know that those BP readings they take at your doctor's office could be wrong. In the last 3 yrs I have gone to the doctor where the medical assistant has read my BP. Auto response is 120/80. I knew better so I'd ask the doctor to take it. Outcome: 148/92. I went YEARS believing I had normal BP when in fact I didn't. Just saw my Dr last week to specifically talk about my BP. The medical assistant's reading? 118/75....nuts! ALWAYS ask your Dr to check your BP and use those machines at the pharmacy to help track. It could save your life & the life of those you love.
I second what Coolinjeans said... there's a big myth that continues to perpetuate itself that a low sodium, low fat diet is the only way to 'cure' heart disease. Unfortunately any research that shows either 1) there is no connection between low salt/fat and increased incident of heart disease, or 2) eating low salt/fat is actually the contributing factor to heart disease, it's all swept under the rug.
Not saying it's free license to eat burgers & fries, just saying that when you eat a diet rich in _real_ food (ie. cook your own meals with lots of veggies, fruit, meat and natural sources of fat), your incidence of any disease drops.
Dietary fat and real salt are not the enemy - it's all the added stuff put into the packaged foods that needs to be feared.
12/15/2007 8:31:52 AM
Interesting article....enjoyed it....I do know that the cholesterol in food does not have the same biological compounds ( science/chemistry) as the cholesterol produced by the body....basically the two are not the same but the body is good at producing the HDL......with exercise !!!
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