Archive for the ‘Hypertension’ Category

Sugar, Blood Pressure

July 3, 2009

Sucrose (sugar) intake may increase blood pressure. (American Journal of Hypertension 3:560-562, 1990) Other studies have indicated that the intake of refined carbohydrates produce an increase in blood pressure.
Copyright 1990 Phylis A Austin


Hypertension, retinal degeneration, vegetarian diet

August 10, 2008

A study carried out in the Republic of China revealed that individuals on a strict vegetarian diet (no meat, fish, milk, eggs, and alcohol or tobacco) have less high blood pressure than persons consuming the typical non-vegetarian diet. Retinal arteriosclerosis was much less common in the vegetarians (19.8 percent vs. 42.9 percent). Degenerative disease of the retina of the eye was less common in vegetarians. In those vegetarians who did have abnormalities of the eyes, the changes
were much less profound than those in non-vegetarians. (Medical Tribune 27(32)3, 33, November, 1986)
Copyright 1986 Phylis Austin

Blood pressure and cognitive function

June 30, 2008

Those who have high systolic blood pressure during midlife are at increased risk of cognitive impairment in old age. (Journal of the American Medical Association 274(23)1846-1851, December 20, 1995)

Copyright 1996 Phylis A Austin

Exercise and high blood pressure

June 30, 2008

Lower extremity exercise such as walking, jogging and cycling lowered blood pressure in hypertensive adults (American Journal of Hypertension 7:115-119, 1994). The large muscles of the legs may be the most important regulators of sodium retention in the body.

Copyright 1996 Phylis A Austin

Water intake and blood pressure

July 5, 2007

For decades salt restriction has been prescribed in the treatment of high blood pressure. A study from the Institute of Nutrition and Department of Pharmacology at the University of Montreal reveals that the ratio of water to salt intake may be more important than salt intake alone. Lack of sufficient water intake may hinder the body’s ability to excrete salt from the body. (Experientia 28:282, March 15, 1972)

Copyright 1989 Phylis A Austin

Dietary fiber and blood pressure

July 4, 2007

High-fiber diets have been shown to be effective in lowering blood pressure. A group of patients with high blood pressure were given 7 grams of additional fiber per day over a three-month period. They showed reductions in both diastolic and systolic blood pressure levels, and lower cholesterol levels. (The Lancet 2:622-623, September 12, 1987)

Copyright 1987 Phylis A Austin