Q: My grandma is 75. She was diagnosed high blood pressure years ago. She doesn’t want to take high blood pressure medication. Instead, she always buys some tonic or some health products like GNC, CVS. So, I want to buy some tonics or health products for her. I think GNC is a good choice. Can anyone recommend some to me?
A: The most reliable health products are vitamin and protein powder. Protein powder can be mixed with water, milk, or juice. Actually, a lot of elders are short in different vitamins. As a result, most of they don’t have balanced diets. I bought multivitamin and fish oil by GNC for my grandma. But you should know that those health products cannot take the place of medication.
A: As a cardio surgeon, I must remind you that not all the health products available on the market is reliable. More importantly, they cannot replace medicines. When old people are diagnosed hypertension, the cause of it matters. There two types of hypertension: essential hypertension and secondary hypertension. First, we should identify if it is secondary hypertension. Then we have to find out the secondary factors, such as kidney and adrenal factor. To treat secondary hypertension, only health products or high blood pressure medication don’t work. Doctor will treat the medical condition at first.
However, most hypertension is essential hypertension, which doesn’t have accurate reasons. Essential hypertension is usually caused by arteriosclerosis, which is not reversible. So, high blood pressure will not decrease itself, medication is necessary. In general, essential hypertension is a combination of a variety of disease even without complications. It is necessary to take medicines because it can protect target organs and prevent heart, cerebral and kidney damage.
Finally, about tonic and those health products, I have to say that most of them are not reliable. Some of my patients said they do have function of reducing blood pressure. In fact, a small dose of antihypertensive drugs is added in it. Abusing health care products like fish oil and vitamin can lead to kidney failure. And severe hypertension will also result in kidney failure.
Don’t trust the prescriptions online. They are credible at all!
A: For natural remedy, I recommend chickpeas. There are a lot of chickpeas recipes online. Chickpeas are called garbanzo beans, are one of the oldest consumed crops in the world and remain one of the most popular today across nearly every continent. Chickpeas are rich in protein, copper, iron, manganese and zinc. Chickpea can be really delicious if it is cooked well!
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