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Can We Manage Blood Pressure Without Medication?

By Tom Herrin

Health problems can be depressing and discouraging.  When people discover they have some kind of health issue, it can often bring on stress and concern over where it will lead.  There are times in which the condition may require some type of long-term treatment and/or medication.  One of the more common health issues seen in many people today is high blood pressure.  If left untreated, it can often progress into a serious problem.  The good side of this particular problem is that many people may be able to avoid taking medication if they will make the effort to take an active approach.

A Small Degree of Weight Loss May Have an Impact

For those who have trouble managing their weight, the notion of losing pounds may sound like an insurmountable obstacle.  Telling them they need to lose a set amount of weight can cause them to give up before they begin.  The point is not to lose a large amount of weight but simply to shed a pound or two.  This may be done by making a decision to cut out, or limit, one or two things from the diet.  Losing even a pound every couple of weeks can be enough to skim the edge off of high blood pressure.  

Get Rid of Some Stress

Too many people have stress and, the fact is, it may be preventable.  When they try to handle everything themselves, they are asking for trouble.  There should be someone available who could help to make the kinds of decisions that cause much of that stress.  It is often a matter of having faith and confidence in others to do this.  The sooner they learn to delegate some of this responsibility, the better off they will be.  If they don't have such people around them, it may be well to find some other ways to handle their stresses.  Some of it may be to look again at their expectations.

Take a Personal Role

If we want to manage something such as our blood pressure, we should first learn as much as possible about what the numbers mean and how they impact us.  It is common for blood pressure numbers to fluctuate throughout the day.  Knowing when they are really high can make a difference.  We should also know when higher numbers are acceptable.  Keeping a written record can help us to develop a plan that best meets our individual needs.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kennesaw, Ga.

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