Significant 30% of adult Americans are affected with high blood pressure. Although a high 80% of these are aware of their condition, only 52% are treating it regularly. According to medical evidence, men have higher blood pressure for the first 60 years of life, whereas hypertension in women generally increases after the age of 60.
Hypertension is a serious health condition linked to a number of fatal diseases. In fact, hypertension affects 69% of people who have their first heart attack, 77% who have a first stroke, and 74% who have congestive heart failure. Therefore, maintaining normal blood pressure actually reduces your risk of heart disease by at least 70%. Isn’t this amazing?
But, this is NOT as easy as it sounds. First of all, you must make all the necessary dietary changes such as reducing your intake of sodium and caffeine, along with considering which fats are on your menu. Although these changes can appear hard to implement, these can do wonders for your blood pressure. In fact, hypertension can be successfully controlled by diet changes and moderate exercise.
However, there’s also a group of people who can’t lower their blood pressure by simply changing their diet and working out. In such case doctors normally prescribe a drug that contains statin although there are to deal with it.
If your doctor does prescribe you with statin, it is important that you increase your intake of . It’s recommended that you consume the medications and the supplememnt in a ratio of 1:10 respectively, i.e. for every 1mg statin, in whatever form, natural or patented pharmaceutical, you should be taking at least 10 mg CoQ10. This dietary supplement improves your cardiovascular system, which in turn reduces your blood pressure.
The Good News
Fortunately, a recent study, released and performed by, gives evidence that people affected with hypertension and taking a statin type of medicine can improve their blood pressure without diet or exercise changes at all.
The study examined squeezing a hand grip for 2 minutes at 30% maximum grip strength. 4 minutes later, the squeezing exercise was repeated for another 2 minutes. The subjects were asked to do this four times per session and sessions were held once every other day. The results revealed that their systolic pressure declined.
As this exercise requires a hand grip, you can easily obtain one at any sports store. A grip that fits your hand and that you can squeeze with a mild amount of effort would ne an ideal choice.
How to Do the Hand-grip Exercise
- Holding the grip in your right hand squeeze it.
- Hold for at least five seconds, then release.
- Repeat as many times as you can for at least 2 minutes, then take a 2-minute break.
- Change hands and repeat the squeeze-and-hold pattern on your left hand. Do this for another two minutes.
- Continue with the exercise, until four complete sets are done on each hand (for a total of 16 minutes of squeezing).
- This exercise will gradually become easier, so try holding your contractions for a few seconds longer on each hand until you build up
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