Hello. This is Hypertension Prevention Tuesdays! Today, we’ll talk about blood pressure changes during the day. Your blood pressure is a numerical reading of the amount of pressure needed to push your blood through your body. When that number is too high it puts you at greater risk for kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and cardiac failure. There is no cure for high blood pressure but it can be brought under control.
Some of the natural ways of bringing your blood pressure under control is to lose weight, get exercise, eat the correct foods, get rest and stop using tobacco and alcohol. All of these things increase your risk of high blood pressure and then other more serious health problems.
Does blood pressure change during the day? Do your readings change with exercise, stress, day or night?
One undesirable effect that physicians have documented is something called the white coat syndrome. In other words, if you are under significant amount of stress by having your blood pressure monitored at the doctors office, or just being at the doctors office, your blood pressure can rise and be misdiagnosed as hypertensive.
In other studies researchers have found that your blood pressure will be higher directly after exercise or while you are under significant stress than a pressure that is taken during the evening hours when you are relaxing, or at night.
Does blood pressure change during the day? Yes it does. Is it controllable? Yes it is.
Blood pressure changes that occur during the day are usually minor or passing. This isnt the increase in blood pressure that causes kidney failure and heart failure. Instead when your blood pressure remains elevated during times of rest, relaxation or night time, these are the numbers that concern your physician and lead to serious medical complications.
The human body is an amazing thing. Given the right circumstances and support your body will try to heal itself from any disease or condition. Your arterial system is able to withstand the daily changes in blood pressure that go along with a stressful job or stressful relationships. You can recover easily and no permanent damage is done when your blood pressure raises for short periods of time.
However, when your blood pressure remains raised for hours at a time each day and doesnt go down during the evening or night time hours your body cant recover and slow cellular changes lead to kidney failure, heart failure, heart disease and stroke.
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I’m excited to talk about this topic today because not only do I truly believe that you have the power to reverse heart disease and lower high blood pressure to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of these chronic diseases so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
As you may already know, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you improve blood pressure and reverse heart disease. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
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Since weight management is very important in blood pressure control, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor.
Remember, healthy lifestyle behaviors–like eating a whole-foods plant-based diet that is low in sodium, being physically active, and stress management are the best ways to prevent and control high blood pressure. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use.
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