Blood Pressure Can Increase Or Reduce Your Risk Of Diabetes

October 2, 2013

in Anti-Aging,BLOGS,Blood Pressure,Diabetes,Health Protection,Heart Health,Hypertension,Weight Loss

stethoscopeBlood pressure has a great deal to do with increasing or reducing your risk of Metabolic Syndrome and Type II Diabetes.

This is the 4th blog I’ve written recently about Metabolic Syndrome. I’ve discussed several of the risk factors involved in determining if you are at risk of developing Type II Diabetes.

Those risk factors are:

  1. Obesity with waistlines over 40 inches for males and over 35 inches for females
  2. High or low blood sugar
  3. Elevated BMI (body mass index) greater than 30
  4. Elevated triglycerides
  5. Low levels of “good” cholesterol – HDL
  6. High blood pressure/hypertension

You now know some of the risks of having an oversized waistline. You know more about the “insulin trap” and reasons for getting off the “glycemic rollercoaster.” You know the importance of having a healthy BMI. You understand more about how important it is to have healthy levels of triglycerides, LDL and HDL cholesterol.

Now it’s time to learn more about the importance of having healthy blood pressure. It is a determining factor as to whether you have hypertension. Hypertension is otherwise known as ‘high blood pressure.

HeartBeatIStockillustration Blood pressure is the force with which the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps. Too much force over long periods of time can cause damage.

High blood pressure can be diagnosed when your blood pressure reading is approximately 130/85 or above. The top number (130) is known as the ‘systolic’ (sis-TOL-ik) which determines the pressure of your blood while the heart is pumping. The bottom number (85) is known as the ‘diastolic’ (di-ah-STOL-ik) which determines the pressure of your blood while your heart is at rest between beats.

Stress, anxiety, blockages or other health issues can increase your blood pressure.

Several years ago some of my cousins and I were discussing health issues and the subject of blood pressure medication came up. My cousins were saying that high blood pressure runs in the family as they were all on medication to lower their blood pressure. I mentioned that I’m not on blood pressure medication and my blood pressure is fine. The comment was made to me, “You just wait a few years and you will be.” Well, many years have passed, I am now 70 years old and still do not need to take any blood pressure medication.

What is very sad is that 2 of those cousin’s have had strokes since that conversation took place! One is about 5 years older than me and the other is about 3 years younger than I am. I was unable to convince them that proper nutrition, supplementation and other lifestyle habits could have helped them avoid complications from high blood pressure.

One of the reasons I do what I do is to help people make knowledgeable choices about their nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle habits.

Even the US National Institute of Health has determined that what foods you choose to eat affects your chance of developing hypertension. As a matter of fact they developed a program known as ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’ otherwise known as DASH.

The DASH eating plan recommends the following:

  1. Be conscious of the amount of sodium, especially that found in table salt.
  2. Avoid foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat.
  3. Limit intake of red meat, sweets, added sugar and sugar-containing beverages.
  4. Assure daily intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts.
  5. Only consume fat-free or low-fat dairy products.
  6. Choose fish and poultry over red meats.
  7. Key nutrients to focus on are potassium, magnesium, calcium, low-fat protein and fiber.

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I would like to comment on the above DASH eating plan based on my knowledge, experience and common sense.

Sodium

Garlic2013-04-01_1056Your body needs sodium to help maintain a healthy balance of fluids in your body, to help transmit nerve impulses and it influences the contraction and relaxation of your muscles. So what are some common sense ways to balance your sodium intake?

  • Reduce or ideally eliminate chips and other packaged salted snacks.
  • Reduce or eliminate pre-packaged foods like TV dinners, boxed or pre-seasoned foods.
  • Taste before reaching for the salt shaker.
  • Use other spices to enhance flavors when cooking. It’s ok to add salt when cooking as long as it’s reasonable and you are cooking from scratch with whole foods. Garlic and onion are great flavor enhancers.
  • Limit the use of most condiments such as soy sauce, salad dressings, sauces, dips, ketchup, mayo and relish.
  • Read labels. Here is a list of other names used that have high salt content:

Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

Baking powder

Sodium alginate

Sodium citrate

Sodium nitrite

  • Avoid refined, processed, regular table salt; use a natural form of salt such as unrefined sea salt.

Fats

If you have been reading my posts you know it is important to get healthy fats. You also know that foods containing cholesterol do not necessarily raise your cholesterol. That is a lie so many people including the medical professionals have bought into from the drug companies selling statin drugs.

For example eggs may raise your HDL (good cholesterol) but in the process may lower your LDL (bad cholesterol). That is a good thing.

Red meat is not the demon it has been made out to be. Full fat dairy is also not that bad. Our society today has bought into the no fat and low fat craze yet obesity has been on the rise for decades.

So where do you get healthy fats?

  • Animal meat that is not fattened in feed lots with corn and soy – this includes poultry like turkey and chicken.
  • Certified raw dairy if possible. Butter is better than margarine. A low fat diet can more likely cause heart disease than a high fat diet. Kefir, yogurt, cottage cheese and buttermilk can be healthy choices for dairy.
  • Avoid any hydrogenated cooking oil or anything that has hydrogenated oil added to it – read the label. Olive oil is great for low heat cooking and salad dressings.
  • Supplement with Tre-en-en, the essential oils from the husks and hulls of wheat, rice and soy.
  • Health screened fish especially salmon is number one in controlling blood pressure.
  • Nuts are a source of healthy fat especially raw almonds and walnuts.

butter curl on wooden spoonRemember fat is fat. Too much fat of any kind will contribute to obesity. You must focus on the healthy fats and stay away from the unhealthy fats. You will be amazed as to the change in your overall health when you focus only on the good fats.

Research has also shown that losing just 4 to 10 pounds can result in a reduction of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Pat’s DASH Eating Plan for Maintaining Healthy Blood Pressure

  1. Avoid table salt and all processed packaged foods. Use only unrefined sea salt – check with your local health food store.
  2. Eat meat from pastured animals. This includes both red meat and poultry.
  3. Limit intake of sweets, especially sugar-containing beverages or anything with high fructose corn syrup.
  4. Assure daily intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts.
  5. Consume full fat dairy products and eggs that are from pastured animals.
  6.  Eat fish regularly. Choose fish that is safe for human consumption.
  7. Key nutrients to focus on are potassium, magnesium, calcium, protein and fiber – notice I do not say low-fat protein.
  8. Consume garlic, onions and other allium vegetables regularly.

The above eating plan will help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.

What can you do additionally if your blood pressure is high and/or you are on blood pressure medication?

(Please note: I do not advocate nor suggest you stop blood pressure medication without consulting your doctor however you may be able to prove to your doctor that you do not need medication.)

The following NeoLife/GNLD supplements have been known to reduce blood pressure even for people who supposedly have a genetic pre-disposition of having high blood pressure.

  1. Salmon Oil Plus
  2. ProVitality+
  3. Chelated Cal-Mag with vitamin D
  4. Garlic Allium Complex

Establish ‘Pat’s DASH Eating Plan’ and make a commitment to taking the above supplements as directed on the label for 4 to 6 months. Let me know what results you notice in your blood pressure as well as your general health.

Keep your blood pressure at healthy levels to reduce your risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome and Type II Diabetes.

Unlock the Key to your Future Health!

Pat Moon

Join our NeoLife Online Health Club. You will be able to purchase the above mentioned products at the wholesale price.

newprovitality_sq_lFor best results you will need to take 2 Salmon Oil Plus capsules in addition to the 1 capsule in the ProVitality+ packet so remember to order an additional bottle.

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Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren.  Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to empower the future health of others with wisdom, knowledge and common sense so they can have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 

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1 Marvia October 11, 2013 at 10:03 pm

WoW! Pat.  You really pack a wallop, but I enjoyed reading this.  I want to increase the amounts of superfoods I eat as well as maintain daily exercise.  I love walking.  And I'd love to see the other side of 50 with no health issues.  I know tha tmeans taking care of me now and not waiting till later.  Thank you for the reminder to take care of health now!

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2 Pat Moon October 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Hi Marvia,

Yes, by all means take care of yourself now for a better future. I am now seeing the other side of 70! Is that really true? Yep, it is.

Take care of yourself.

Pat

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3 Carolyn Hughes October 10, 2013 at 11:18 am

Great advice here Pat and you are the proof that your suggestions do work! I was really pleased to read that butter is better than margarine because it tastes a whole lot nicer too – in moderation of course. 

Reducing salt intake is also a good idea. There are lots of other ways to season! Thanks Pat.

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4 Pat Moon October 29, 2013 at 12:29 pm

  Hi Carolyn,

Thanks for your comment.. my response was delayed due to the death of my husband’s mother.

Yes, butter is so much tastier and healthier than margarine and yes, of course in moderation. Most people do eat way too much salt and especially the wrong kind of salt. We do need the minerals that are in pure sea salt.

Good health to you!

Pat
 

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5 Keri Kight October 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I love that you just gave me another reason to eat garlic.  I absolutly love garlic (no vampires near me) and I add it to almost every non-dessert dish.  Thankfully my man loves it too.  He's a picky eater so when we agree on food, it's a wonderful day.  🙂

I stopped adding table salt to my food years ago.  I realized that I can live without it and there are plenty of other ways to liven up food.  

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6 Pat Moon October 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hi Keri,

Yes, there are so many great ways to liven up food with spices, herbs and food combinations. I do add salt when cooking certain foods but it is unrefined sea salt.

Enjoy your garlic. Its good for you.

Pat
 

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7 Susan Schiller October 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

I always learn so much from you, Pat, and I'm so sorry that your relatives didn't listen and learn from your knowledge and experience!

Your header is great, by the way… the slogan says it all, about turning our mid-life crisis into our best real health. I know I'm in that category of trying to rebuild a better health foundation! And my middle has expanded far enough….

Thanks so much for helping us to get our best real health back on track!

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8 Pat Moon October 9, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hi Susan,

Thanks for such a nice comment. I know you are very aware of eating properly and doing things right nutritionally. Have you ever looked into T-Tapp? That is the exercise program that really got me back on track on getting my metobolism going. I lost over 25 pounds including a whole lot of that mid-life middle expansion with T-Tapp.

Stay healthy and God Bless your efforts.

Pat
 

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9 Lorii Abela October 8, 2013 at 7:10 am

Very informative post! It is good to know that proper nutrition, supplementation and other lifestyle habits can help avoid complications from high blood pressure. For rice intake, what is the proper quantity?

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10 Pat Moon October 8, 2013 at 7:42 am

Hi Lorii,

I personally do not eat a great deal of rice but when I do eat rice I eat unpolished, brown rice and tend to only eat about 1/2 cup per day. Rice has very important nutrients but my activity level does not warrant eating very much of any high carb food. That is one of the reasons I supplement with Tre-en-en. It has the essential oils necessary for healthy cells. It’s derived from the husks and hulls of wheat, rice and soy with out the high carb intake. You can read more about it here: Tre-en-en.

Good health to you,

Pat

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11 Meryl Hershey Beck October 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I didn't like the DASH diet and am so glad you included your version!

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12 Pat Moon October 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

Hi Meryl,

Obviously I, also do not like the DASH diet… mainly because it does not give good information and even gives bad info. My mother had bought into the low salt idea to the point that she was dangerously low on sodium.. that can be bad for elderly people. The nursing home where my mother-n-law lives does not salt anything. Then they turn around and feed things loaded with the wrong kind of salt but they are following regulations which are so messed up.

Thanks for your support.

Pat
 

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13 Sharon O'Day October 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

The warning signals you list are unmistakable, Pat.  No excuses for anyone not getting themselves OFF that list, one by one.  Besides, you tell them exactly how!  Thanks for the valuable, actionable information …

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14 Pat Moon October 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for your support and backup for what I have been writing about. There really is no excuse for people to have Metabolic Syndrome and symptoms associated with Type II Diabetes. Nutrition is much like money, they both depend on people’s choices. For the most part they make choices for immediate gratification rather than the long-term results.

We are really in this together in getting our messages out to anyone willing to listen and make improvements.

Bless your efforts and stay healthy.

Pat
 

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15 Sharon O'Day October 8, 2013 at 9:02 pm

You're so right, Pat, there really are a lot of similarities in our goals.  I too appreciate your support of my efforts to get women to care more for their financial help.  Between the two of us, here's to our success!  😉

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16 Pat Moon October 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

Thanks, Sharon. You are a great example for me as well as others.
 

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17 Ana Maria Batista Verrusio October 5, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for the valuable information.  I wish everyone had the privilege of reading your blogs; our society would be much healthier!

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18 Pat Moon October 5, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Thank you, Ana Maria for your nice comment.

I invite you to share my blogs with your friends to help spread the word. My goal is to help people make wiser choices about nutrition and supplements. I sure appreciate readers like you.

To your wonderful health.

Pat


 

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19 Terri Lind Davis October 4, 2013 at 11:41 am

I always enjoy reading your posts which confirms much of what I have been learning and incorporating in my own diet. I do not have high blood pressure but have heard a lot of buzz how the medication can be a double edge sword.

 

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20 Pat Moon October 4, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hi Terri Lind,

I’m glad you enjoy my posts on nutrition and health. You are doing well to incorporate healthy eating into your diet. Yes, I believe most medications are a double edge sword. It takes education to weigh the pros and cons when faced with those decisions.

Thanks for visiting again.

Pat
 

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21 padrica October 4, 2013 at 6:55 am

This is great information. I'll be passign this information along. Thanks! 

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22 Pat Moon October 4, 2013 at 8:45 am

Hi Padrica,

Thanks for passing this important article along to others. When we know something that can benefit someone’s health, it is good to share it with others. I appreciate you helping with that.

Have a wonderful and healthy day!

Pat
 

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23 Roz October 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

As always great info.

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24 Pat Moon October 4, 2013 at 8:42 am

Hi Roz,

Thanks for visiting and reading my article.. your support is appreciated.

Take care.

Pat
 

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25 Meli October 3, 2013 at 9:59 am

I've been a nurse for 45+ years and the role that blood pressure plays in disease has become more understood. Maintaing a normal blood pressure is a sure way to stay healthier longer. 

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26 Pat Moon October 4, 2013 at 8:41 am

Hi Meli,

I’m sure as a nurse for 45+ years you have seen many health situtations caused by high blood pressure or that causes the blood pressure to rise. As I mentioned to Tina, giving your body the proper tools to function properly is very important.

Be healthy!

Pat
 

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27 Tina October 3, 2013 at 8:58 am

This is great information. I'm strugging with this issue and as a result I had a minor stroke about 10 weeks ago. Fortunately I caught it early (BP was 189/109 at the time) and the doc gave me beta-blockers and woudn't let me leave her office until it came down. Now I regulate it and I see a difference when I'm not stressed.

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28 Pat Moon October 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

Hi Tina,

So sorry you had that minor stroke recently.. thankfully it was considered minor. Give me a call or email me for additional information. I have had 3 family members that were either able to stop their BP meds (doctors ok) or lower the dose. Your body needs the proper tools to handle that stress and stay healthy.

Take care of yourself.

Pat
 

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29 kungphoo October 3, 2013 at 7:59 am

I do not have high blood pressure, never had.. but i am on the mend.. diet and exercise.. here i am!

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30 Pat Moon October 3, 2013 at 8:19 am

Hi Robert,

Great news because high blood pressure can be an indicator you do not want to ignore. What type of diet and exercise program are you on and what are your goals? I’m here to help.

Be healthy!

Pat
 

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