Although high blood pressure contributes to one death in every six adults in the US, it is not being adequately addressed. A new report from the respected Institute of Medicine suggests that both physicians and patients should be making more effort to control hypertension. Many people with hypertension do not follow the guidelines for diet and exercise that can lower blood pressure. The Institute report called for population-wide actions that would make it easier for people to cut salt, eat more vegetables, lose weight, and be more active. Drugs can also control blood pressure, and the report recommends that Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers cut co-pays for generic anti-hypertension drugs.

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  1. Anonymous
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    Hello Peoplespharmacy,
    Thanks for the info, Hi.. I’m a 30 yr old physically challenged man. I walk slowly with a caliper and walker. I want to be healthy in my life without any diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, etc. I could not do exercises like brisk walk, exer-cycle, treadmill, etc. I can walk slowly using my walker just for my mobility purpose but I could not do walking exercise continuously for more than 5 to 10 minutes.
    I am able to do some weight bearing exercise using dumbells. I can able to do this dumbell exercise for 30 minutes. When I’m doing this dumbell exercise, I don’t sweat but I try to give my full effort for half an hour. I don’t know whether my heart beats fast or not while doing this dumbell exercise. Now my question is… If I keep on do this dumbell exercise alone (which alone I could do) will I be able to prevent from the above said diseases? Also, I’m not over weight and I’m under diet control. Pls advise.
    All the Best

  2. R.G.D.
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    I have been told that I have… Blood Pressure, Hypertension. My Blood Pressure goes up & down constantly & either poor blood OR low blood circulation. And I read all of the information that I can get on this. So PLEASE !!! Keep me informed as much as possible. THANK YOU MUCH!!!

  3. dick
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    I always wonder how accurate pressure readings are since they impacted by so many factors such as recent breathing, stress (even minor distress or activity) can have a significant impact – so how can a single reading be very meaningful?

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