Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a growing problem among North Americans. Most often there are no symptoms, and 30% of affected people don't even realize they have elevated pressure until their doctor diagnoses it. Hypertension significantly increases the risk for fatal heart attacks, strokes, heart failure and kidney disease. If you haven't been taking regular readings to keep track of your blood pressure, start NOW.
A so-called "normal" blood pressure is 120/80 mmHg or less. Even if you don't have hypertension, your regular numbers will be useful as a baseline for future readings.
This will serve as a thread for all discussions of anything blood pressure.
Real-life Example Question:
Do you think ACEI are good or bad for body composition? I've read both, but more seem to think it hurts muscle growth.
A: Well, ACE inhibitors are great for blood sugar assimilation and for most, glycemic regulation is truly the pinnacle of body composition. Dr. Houser has not run into too many patients gaining any precipitous weight or fat mass while on ACE inhibitors and he suggested he would think they were one of the safer blood pressure meds on body comp (some beta-blockers and especially thiazide diuretics are HORRENDOUS for body composition).
Keep in mind, drugs are not necessary in isolation. According to a study in the journal Phytomedicine, olive leaf extract is as effective at lowering blood pressure as some hypertension medications. The researchers compared 12.5mg twice daily of Captopril (an example of an ACE inhibitor) versus 500 mg twice daily of Olive Leaf extract. Both groups had lowered blood pressure in a similar fashion, BUT the olive leaf group dumped triglycerides (again, a true marker of glycemic variation - see above).