Hypertension cannot be cured, but it can be controlled through lifestyle changes and prescriptive medication. While medications to treat hypertension are available, research has shown that modest lifestyle and dietary changes can help treat and often delay or prevent high blood pressure.
People trying to control hypertension often are advised to decrease sodium, increase potassium, watch their calories, and maintain a reasonable weight.
Following are 5 best books on hypertension diet
The DASH Diet for Hypertension, recommended by the American Heart Association, has been shown in studies to lower blood pressure in two weeks without the use of drugs. The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy; includes moderate amounts of fish, poultry, and nuts; and reduces consumption of red meat and sweets. Studies from the National Institutes of Health followed 800 participants and found that the DASH diet lowered blood pressure as much as typical medication.
The DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) has been proven in several National Institutes of Health (NIH) research studies to lower blood pressure and cholesterol without medication. It is the diet recommended by the NIH for lowering blood pressure. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends this eating plan for everyone. And the DASH diet forms the basis for the new MyPyramid.
Hypertension is called the silent disease because it often gives no warning signs or symptoms. Its impact can be devastating: Both coronary heart disease and strokes are closely related to hypertension. But there is hope. In this fully updated and revised edition of his classic work, Dr. Robert L. Rowan draws on the latest medical findings to help you prevent high blood pressure, cope with it if it occurs, and lower your blood pressure through sensible, inexpensive natural means.
Donald Gazzaniga, diagnosed with congestive heart failure, was headed for a heart transplant – the only effective medical treatment. Urged by his doctor to keep his sodium intake “under 1,500-2000 mg. a day,” Don headed for the kitchen and went to work. Aware that cutting out table salt is the barest beginning of a true low-sodium diet, Don devised recipes for delicious low-sodium dishes that added up to less than 500 mg. daily, 70% lower than those in other low-sodium cookbooks. The result? Don’s name has been removed from the transplant list and his doctors believe that his diet played a significant role.
It strikes one in four Americans without warning. It’s the single major underlying cause of heart attacks and strokes. Left untreated, it gradually destroys the heart, blood vessels, and kidneys. To make matters worse, doctors often overmedicate patients with expensive and sometimes dangerous drugs. Now Dr. Julian Whitaker, a champion of nutritional medicine, unleashes a new weapon in the war against hypertension: a simple yet dramatically effective plan to help you make the right healthy choices to beat “the silent killer.” In this complete guide to reducing hypertension for life, Dr. Whitaker will show you what causes blood pressure to rise and how to bring it down to normal levels. He’ll explain how the commonly prescribed drugs lower blood pressure, and why they can be hazardous if taken for many years.
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Dr. Anil Singhal M.D.