NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
November 29, 2017
Double Sale Special
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that sun exposure mobilizes nitric oxide and helps lower blood pressure?

Take advantage of both November and December sales today through Thursday the 30th. Sale details below.

Congratulations to Phoebe, our NCI Well Connect Renewal Winner, and Joanne, our $100 Merch Credit Winner! We are always blown away by the support we receive from you. Thank you to everyone who participated!

If a family member or friend wants see us during the holiday season, have them make the appointment ASAP. The end of the year is a very busy time with college students coming home, friends and family visiting, and more.

Have a happy, healthy day! Steve and Bonnie
Breaking Down Blood Pressure
Bonnie and Steve: The threshold for being diagnosed with high blood pressure has been lowered from 140/90 to 130/80 mm Hg. It's predicted that this change will result in nearly half of the adult US population (46%) being diagnosed with high blood pressure.

The American College of Cardiology has said this will only result in a small number of new prescriptions for medication, recommending instead lifestyle changes. We would like to believe this, but we have been burned too many times over the years. We only have to look at a very similar situation, with cholesterol and statins. It seemed like every five to ten years, these organizations reduced the healthy benchmark for cholesterol, thus allowing more than half the country to qualify for statin medication.

As with many chronic diseases, the best prevention is through diet and lifestyle intervention. But the impetus behind lowering blood pressure in this case is misguided. Salt has been incessantly targeted as the enemy in the fight against high blood pressure. It is not the enemy. Sodium is by far the most important electrolyte for cellular function.

Instead of making patients drastically lower their sodium intake, the focus should be on increasing potassium first. Balancing sodium and potassium ratios is the key. We get far less potassium in our daily diets than sodium. Even though the new guidelines emphasize this, doctors rarely understand it, so we are hard pressed to believe that they will recommend the proper diet and lifestyle recommendations. With pressure from Big Pharma, it will be much easier for doctors to turn to the quick fix: medication.

For your review, these are the "new" lifestyle recommendations for blood pressure within the new guidelines:
  • Healthy dietary pattern: emphasizing nutrient-dense fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products
  • Regular physical activity: 90-150 minutes/week of aerobic and/or resistance exercise and/or 3 sessions/week of isometric resistance exercises
  • Moderate alcohol intake: equal to or less than 2 drinks/day for men and equal to or less than 1 drink/day for women
  • Stress management
  • Adequate sleep
  • Tobacco cessation
Obviously, it goes much deeper than this, but is a good place to start. Can doctors discuss this in the super short sessions they have with their patients? Time will tell.

We have a Blood Pressure Action Plan, which is self help. A more individualized approach is always recommended, especially if there is a family history of blood pressure-related conditions.
Ancestry, Genes, and Our Diet
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