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Do You Have Birth Control High Blood Pressure Concerns?

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on April 26th, 2007

Birth control high blood pressure symptoms can be a problem for women taking certain types of hormonal contraceptives.   The two birth control methods that pose the most risk include the birth control pill and the birth control patch. 

However, not every woman who uses these methods of birth control will experience high blood pressure, as there are many factors involved that generally determine the degree of risk each woman faces.

Nevertheless, the reason why hormonal birth control high blood pressure risk exists, is because these contraceptives contain progestins.  Progestin is a type if drug that mirrors the activity of the hormone progesterone which naturally occurs in the female body. 

It is common for progestin to slightly raise the blood pressure in most women who take hormonal birth control, and it is the cause of high blood pressure when it occurs.

The risk of birth control causing high blood pressure increases for a woman based on the following factors:
Age – As a woman ages (usually mid 35 and older), her chances of developing high blood pressure increases.
Duration of use – The longer a woman uses the pill or patch, the greater the chances of high blood pressure occurring.
Pre-existing condition – Women who have previously experienced episodes of consistent high blood pressure, even only if it was during pregnancy, are at a greater risk.
Family history – Women who have a family history of hypertension could be at a greater risk.
Obesity – a woman who is obese has a greater risk of developing high blood pressure.

Hormonal contraception is one of the most convenient and effective methods of birth control, but it is a fact that high blood pressure occurs 2- 3 times more frequently in women who take hormonal contraceptives than those who use other methods. 

Therefore, if you take the pill or are using the patch - regardless if you have any of the above increased risk factors or not - have your doctor check your blood pressure every year. 

Should you discover you have developed high blood pressure, you should stop taking hormonal contraceptives and seek out other birth control methods.  Once off the pill or the patch, your blood pressure should return to normal within 3 to 6 months. 

Keep in mind that although you can take hormonal methods of birth control if you have high blood pressure that is being regulated with medications, you will need to have your blood pressure closely monitored by your doctor.  Nonetheless, it is strongly advised that anyone who had, has, or is at a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, use other birth control methods.

The following are safe methods of birth control that doesn’t put a woman at high blood pressure risk:
Barrier birth control methods – condoms, diaphragm, sponge, cervical cap.  Each of these methods is disposed of after sexual intercourse.
Birth control injection – DepoProvera is a shot containing synthetic progestin (different from the pill and patch) administered via a needle every three months.    DepoProvera a long-term method of birth control.
Birth control implant - Norplant is a progestin capsule that is inserted into the upper arm and lasts for 5 years.  An IUD (intrauterine device) is a T-shaped device that is inserted into the uterus (and can last a year or 10 years depending on the type) and is very effective at preventing pregnancy.  The IUD is recommended for those women who are in a long-term monogamous relationship.

Keep in mind that even though the above do not directly impact high blood pressure, the shots and implants do have side effects, and none of the above contraception (including the pill and patch), except for the condom, prevent the transmission of STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases).  Therefore, make sure you discuss your contraceptive options with your health care provider if birth control high blood pressure is a risk factor for you.

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Color Therapy- Is It Anti Hypertension or Hype?

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on April 19th, 2007

Many claim that anti hypertension can be achieved through color therapy. This method works on the assumption that the brain is directly influenced by colors and their various shades, and that they may be applied to reduce tension. Some swear by this; others say it’s completely false, nothing more than a placebo effect. Which side is correct? You have to decide that for yourself, so here are the facts.

Anti hypertension, as described by color therapy, occurs when certain shades are placed on the body. These colors can directly affect the area of the body on which they are applied. For hypertension, there are different hues for creating different positive influences. Purple, for example, can be used to calm the kidneys, magenta is said to promote their balance, and indigo is keeps away all signs of tumors. The theory is that these colors assist in keeping the kidneys healthy and prevent effects of high blood pressure.

So how does it work? There are multiple ways to use the anti hypertension therapy and they each have their supporters:

One: an individual can simply wear the color, often in the form of a necklace or crystal, and this will be enough. Even just putting on a shirt of a particular shade will have the right effect.

Two: meditation is required. Some believe that a person must find the time to picture a color in his or her mind. Rather than wearing the shade, the person will create an image of it, thus offering a more direct message to the brain.

Three: using external objects. Some say that using colored bulbs in lighting, for example, can be a form of color therapy. You can see the shade and your body will respond to it, rather than having to rely on picturing it in your mind.

Four: drawing tiny dots of color on the body part you wish to heal. Many think that this is the best approach as it targets the areas you need. A colored marker is utilized to draw the dots, which are then reapplied as the colors wear away.

But is this all true? Can you achieve a state of anti hypertension just by using color?

There is no real answer to that. Some believe in it and others do not. The ones who support it as a form of anti hypertension and also a method of healing all other ailments cite its longevity. Color therapy has been around for thousands of years and that certainly anything that has withstood the test of time must have some validity. Others claim that it is nothing more than an example of an extended trick on the mind.

Color therapy’s validly becomes a choice to make on your own. It cannot be said for certain whether or not it has any effect on the body. What can be said, though, is that you should always consult with your doctor and learn the other steps to take to reduce your blood pressure and keep your kidneys intact. You should never just rely on only one method. Instead, talk to your doctor and discuss alternative and complimentary treatments.

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Should You Be Worried About Diabetes and Hypertension?

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on April 12th, 2007

Though not commonly considered, there is a direct link between diabetes and hypertension. Many overlook this fact, because they believe the two to be unrelated. After all, diabetes deals with blood sugar levels and hypertension deals with blood pressure. This misconception is quite false, however. There is an easily proven, easily seen correlation between diabetes and hypertension. It is important to understand this in order to maintain your highest degree of health when faced with either or both of these conditions.

The link between them, to simply explain it, is this: when your body produces more insulin than normal, it can effect certain key points, such as blood vessels found in the kidneys. These vessels can expand with the insulin and begin to retain salt. Your kidneys can malfunction with that. Also, diabetes can cause the vessels to harden. This restricts the flow of fluids and causes blood pressure to rise, resulting in hypertension.

As shown above, having diabetes puts you at high risk for developing hypertension. Hypertension is twice as likely to occur in individuals with diabetes than those without and it will develop in over sixty percent of people with Type II diabetes.

Because of this, it is essential that you understand how to avoid hypertension. Diabetes takes enough of a toll on your body without adding these serious effects. Together, diabetes and hypertension can raise the risk for heart attack, kidney malfunction, heart failure and more. So you must learn the steps to take to avoid hypertension. Discuss this with your doctor and also note some of the basic lifestyle changes listed below:

One: lower your blood pressure with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Meat and dairy products can raise your pressure levels. Try to substitute them with a vegetarian diet. While you do not have to completely cut meat and dairy products out entirely, you should to eat them moderation.

Two: exercise. The easiest way to keep both your blood pressure down and also maintain a healthy insulin level is to exercise. Consult with your doctor to discover your healthy bodyweight and then take the steps to achieve it. Steady, daily exercise will do much for your body.

Three: medication. There are some medications available that could help keep your blood pressure in check. You must, of course, make sure that these will not combat against any other medicine you are taking. Your doctor will be able to prescribe them to you and explain just what they do.

Diabetes and hypertension are related. Yes, it is possible to have one without the other and, yes, there are certainly millions of people who do. That does not change the fact, however, that you are twice as likely to develop high blood pressure when you have diabetes.

It cannot be stressed enough that diabetes and hypertension are linked together and you it pays to do everything you can to stop them both from forming in your body. Of course, some may suggest different types of therapy, along with the lifestyle changes we mentioned above. Techniques such as color therapy are quite popular these days and have sparked much debate over their efficacy. Should you decide to try these methods to replace or compliment your other efforts, it is important to understand the way they work, and to consult with your doctor.

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10 Tips to Get You Going on a Hypertension Exercise Program

Posted in Blood Pressure Reduction on April 5th, 2007

Starting a hypertension exercise program can be difficult and not just because it can involve going to the dreaded gym. Finding the right kind of motivation can prove to be more of a challenge than the exercising itself (and this is why so many people fail before they ever start!). You can’t go through this process with a defeatist attitude. A successful exercise program requires positive thinking and realistic goals. To make this happen–since everyone needs a little help when beginning–we offer these ten hints:

One: get your doctor involved. Before beginning any kind of hypertension exercise regime, you should consult your doctor. Let him or her explain what is best for your situation–what your body needs, what it can handle, etc. This will make constructing an exercise plan easier since you will know what targets you should be aiming for.

Two: find yourself some help. The best way to stay motivated is to have someone to remind you that you are not alone. Whether you have a friend exercise with you or just have a family member to cheer you on, this is the best way to keep yourself from feeling defeated. They will help keep you focused and make exercising seem less like a chore and more like just spending time with someone you love.

Three: remember that results take time. Too many people assume that, after that fast initial weight loss, all results will continue at the same pace. You may lose five to ten pounds quickly but your body will then adapt to the changes. Do not become discouraged because of this; it’s natural. A lifestyle change is not a quick process and you shouldn’t be put off when results take time.

Four: find exercises you can enjoy. We do not all have to sign up for aerobics classes. Some may prefer swimming, biking, hiking, etc. Find things you can look forward to doing and this will get rid of the whole “I’m exercising” mindset. It doesn’t even have to be ‘traditional’ exercise, a regular dance class will prove just as beneficial. This will make motivation a much easier thing. If you can enjoy what you’re doing, then you certainly won’t mind doing it.

Five: build a routine. You should not do a hypertension exercise program sporadically. The point is to develop a consistent schedule and actually follow it. Do not make excuses; just do as you need to. Your routine should reflect your health concerns and target the areas your doctor has suggested.

Six: keep a journal of your progress. If you are looking for ways to chart your successes (what works, what doesn’t, how much weight has been lost, how your blood pressure is doing, etc.), then keep a journal. This can serve as tangible proof that your new lifestyle is working and keep you motivated.

Seven: make other lifestyle changes. Just exercising is not enough; you need to change your diet as well. Consult with your doctor over which foods would best help lower your blood pressure and incorporate them. You do not have to deprive yourself of all of your favorite foods, just learn moderation and good eating sense.

Eight: create a schedule that works. You have to make your hypertension exercise work for you; this means developing a schedule that is tailored to your particular lifestyle. Know when you will have the most time to exercise and when it will be impossible. This will keep you from feeling overwhelmed and like the program is taking from your life, rather than adding to it.

Nine: remember why you are doing this. Yes, it may be difficult and, yes, it can seem tedious. But you have to remember that this program is for your health, to ensure that you lower your blood pressure and get yourself in shape. Keep that in mind when you feel like taking time off from the plan.

Ten: understand the value of reward. This does not mean that you should gorge yourself on fatty foods or consume alcohol for celebrating. You should, though, set up small rewards as a way to boost motivation. Whenever you reach a goal, treat yourself to an activity you love. This will just make the event easier to handle if you have something worthwhile waiting at the end of it.

With these steps, you can create a hypertension exercise strategy and stay motivated throughout it.  With your doctor’s help, this will be much a easier and effective effort.  Just make sure to mention any pre-existing conditions that you may have, such as diabetes, which may also impact your hypertension.

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