welcome to the organic green doctor blog

i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

hows yours doing

organicgreendoctor: longevity
about 8 years ago mine kept inching upwards
even though i was doing things right
i finally gave in
i started blood pressure meds

the first one i took worked great
within the week my blood pressure was normal
i began to cough
i began to have what felt like something in my throat
i stopped the meds
it went away
i restarted the meds
it all came back

so i changed to a different blood pressure med

this week we were at a friends house in the la area
as i sat outside on their patio
there was this magazine
real simple may 2018
i opened it
there was this article
on why do so many people have high blood pressure

this is a summary of the gist of what the article said

use to 140/90 was the limit
its at 130/80
at that reading the risk for heart atttack or stroke doubles

so when the recommendation changed
a way lot more of us just developed high blood pressure
also called hypertension

high blood pressure ranks 2nd to smoking as the leading
cause of death
did you know alzheimers disease may soon be number 3

men and women get it equally
black women are at greater risk
if it runs in your family you are at greater risk
just like with alzheimer disease

after these new guidelines there are  now 100 million of us
in the usa with this disease
most will have to get on one of several meds that are available

what other diseases you have may determine what particular
one you are given to take

when you read the side effects
realize that some of those side effects arent as bad as having
the diseases you can get from poorly controlled blood pressure
like stroke death heart attack kidney disease and
yes alzheimers disease

now there are lifestyle things you can do that may help
even if you do these you still may need medications

pick something to do and do it regularly

fix sleep issues

check your meds prescriptions and over the counter
eg thngs like the arthritis pills ibuprofen and naproxyn etc may
make your blood pressure go up
it did me

eat less salt and more veggies
i suggest the mind diet or mediterranean diet
all the foods are there they are just rearranged some

watch how much you drink
a little is good
too much can cause high blood pressure

watch your weight
no dont watch it
make it decrease
usually if you eat right drink less and exercise that will do it

de stress
whatever you like to do that makes you de stress do it
yoga or meditation
for me its gardening

make time for friends and families
ie socialize

so do those things
youll live longer
feel better
you might not even need blood pressure meds

if you do have to have them these healthy things keep the dose
you have to take lower

if you do these lifestyle things over your lifetime
you will decrease your risk for getting alzheimers by
maybe 40%

its a no brainer
if you dont do something

the organicgreen doctor

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