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Hypertension medication & CAP

  • February 06, 2020

High blood pressure affects around 40% of the adult population globally. Hypertension is a major risk factor for heart attack, stroke, heart failure, atrial fibrillation, peripheral arterial disease, vision loss, chronic kidney disease, and dementia. About 90–95% of hypertension are due to lifestyle factors; only the remaining 5–10% of cases are due to an identifiable cause.

Changes in the body composition such as high fat mass to lean mass ratio, high omega 6 to 3 fatty acid ratio, high sodium potassium ratio and low magnesium level in the body due to lifestyle factors are the primary reason for increasing incidence for hypertension. Damage to blood vessel lining and inflammatory changes initiated by the continuous exposure to high blood sugar, high triglyceride and cholesterol leads to atherosclerosis and reduced blood flow to organs like kidney. Reduction in renal blood flow initiates a series of hormonal changes which contribute to increase in blood pressure.

Medications for hypertension act mainly in two ways. One group of drugs act by relaxing the blood vessel smooth muscles by acting in the neuromuscular pathway. Second group act by influencing the hormonal mechanisms to increase sodium excretion or decrease potassium excretion. These medications interact with each other and complicates things further. Availability of a large number of new drugs in the market for hypertension control makes things difficult for the physician while prescribing. In most patients two or more drugs are needed for hypertension and often to be taken lifelong. The interactions of these anti hypertensive drugs and its interaction with other medications for diabetes, heart disease etc makes things difficult for patients and to the prescribing doctor.

As far as body is concerned anything other than a nutrient is a toxin including the drugs used as medication. Medicine entering our body has to be metabolised,mainly by liver and exceted mainly through kidney. Hypertension itself will compromise the health of the kidney. The drugs we use increases the workload on kidney and makes things complicated further.

As per latest studies, It is very difficult to predict the drug interactions when a patient uses more than four drugs. Now a good number of patients takes 3 drugs for hypertension along with one or more drugs for diabetes, cholesterol, heart disease, fatty liver etc. The number of drugs taken may exceed 10 or 15 in many patients. The drug interactions and its toxic load on blood vessel lining and excretory organs like kidney and liver compramses health as side effect of treatments.

Obesity associated fat accumulation leads to release of inflammatory markers which plays a major role in hypertension associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome. Change in the omega 3 to 6 fat ratio and sodium potassium ratio in modern food is also playing an important role in the incidence of hypertension. Low content of anti inflammatory omega 3 fat in processed food and high content of inflammation inducing omega 6 fat in our modern food promote inflammation at cellular level. If the omega 6 fat is more in the stored fat, the chance of hypertension and other lifestyle diseases will be higher.

The goal of cell activation treatment is to correct the root cause of hypertension by correcting the nutrition, physical activity and body composition at cellular level. With cell activation treatment along with blood pressure correction other associated lifestyle diseases like diabetes, dyslipidemia, obesity, fatty liver, arthritis etc also get corrected with the same course of treatment. Final goal of cell activation program is to make a person free from lifestyle disease and lead a healthy life without long term use of medications.

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