Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mid 40's, with Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Worries.

I got a note from a woman in her mid-40’s asking for help with considerations for blood pressure and cholesterol concerns.  So far she has not been prescribed medication and was wondering what to do. Here is my reply.

Dear Hope,

Blood pressure and cholesterol problems are two of the three most common problems we hear questions about.  The solution to both of those issues for most people is diet related.  If you cut back on processed foods you will see a change in your numbers.  Try one day each week eating nothing processed.  I find it is easier to make changes when the change comes in small doses.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn has written an amazing book that is easy to read and offers recipes in the back on what to eat and why.  He also explains that (it runs in my family) is not a trap.  It makes you aware and proactive allowing you time to make diet changes that can assist in breaking the family cycle.  My Mom and brother are both diabetics, it runs in my family, I do not have any symptoms for diabetes yet. For the most part I don’t eat like they do either.

Do you treat yourself with some personal time each day? If not I would recommend taking a walk and appreciating what you see or just the fact you can see.  Research strongly supports moving with purpose, calming the mind, and gratitude supports healthy blood pressure levels in a unique way.

I found my mid 40’s to be a time of change.  I started to experience changes in my body I was not ready for.  For the first time in my life I realized if I didn’t take control of my choices I would be like many of my friends on prescription medications with a restricted lifestyle.  I can honestly say at 56 I am more fit than I was at 46 and I live a happy healthy life. 

Sorry, I get carried away there is so much we can do.

My hope is this note will help you or someone you love.

God Bless,
Director of Member Services and Smiles
OurHealth Co-op, Inc

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