Q & A: Rev Up Your Diet and Lower Blood Pressure!

Sometimes I have high blood pressure, usually during football season, but I would never try lowering it with pills, according to Dr. Fuhrman, using medications to lower blood pressure can actually be harmful. Here’s more about blood pressure from Dr. Fuhrman’s member center:

Question: I have been following Eat To Live for about three months, very gradually. I have not done the aggressive program. Out of nowhere, my blood pressure has become high. I am seeing my doctor in 10 days to check it and I know she will try to put me on medication. I do not want this.

Would it be "dangerous" to give myself a few months on a complete Eat To Live and not take medication to see if I can get it down? I exercise everyday, weight train 3 hrs per week, do yoga, ride my bike. I feel if I work the aggressive weight-loss program until I see her I will already see results.

Dr. Fuhrman: Medications are not the first line treatment for high blood pressure. It is a signal that your lifestyle is not health supporting and you need to drop the weight, exercise more and eat more carefully. Don't put anything with added sodium in your mouth, rev up the diet to the next level and take charge of this immediately. Your doctor will not likely be of any help here. Read my newsletter on high blood pressure.

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