30 Million Americans Were Just Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure, Here's Why...

Tyler Durden's picture

30 million Americans who woke perfectly healthy yesterday morning are now suddenly in need of expensive hypertension treatments after the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology decided to lower the definition of "high blood pressure" to 130/80 from the previous trigger of 140/90.  According to Reuters, the change means that nearly 50% of American adults, or roughly 100 million people, now suffer from high blood pressure.

Americans with blood pressure of 130/80 or higher should be treated, down from the previous trigger of 140/90, according to new guidelines announced on Monday by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.


At the new cutoff, around 46 percent, or more than 103 million, of American adults are considered to have high blood pressure, compared with an estimated 72 million under the previous guidelines in place since 2003.


High blood pressure accounts for the second-largest number of preventable heart disease and stroke deaths in the United States, second only to smoking.


A large, government-sponsored study of hypertension patients aged 50 and older showed in 2015 that death from heart-related causes fell 43 percent and heart failure rates dropped 38 percent when their systolic blood pressure was lowered below 120 versus those taken to a target of under 140.


But patients in the 120 systolic blood pressure group had a higher rate of kidney injury or failure, as well as fainting.


Not surprisingly, these new guidelines are expected to be a boon for pharma giants like Merck, Pfizer and Novartis who supply the world's expensive hypertension medications.

Potentially deadly high blood pressure can be brought under control with a wide array of medications, many sold as relatively inexpensive generics. The drug classes include angiotensin receptor blockers, such as Novartis AG’s Diovan, calcium channel blockers, like Pfizer Incs’s Norvasc, ACE inhibitors, including Pfizer’s Altace, and diuretics, such as Merck & Co Inc’s Hyzaar.


But the drugs have side effects and the new guidelines emphasize lifestyle changes including weight loss, diet and exercise as the first tool for combating hypertension.


“I think this will encourage both patients to adhere to recommendations but also clinicians to be more vigorous in their attempts to prescribe lifestyle changes,” said Dr. Pamela Morris, chair of the ACC’s committee on prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Of course, perhaps a slight, artificial "tweaking" of their addressable market was exactly the right cure for what's been ailing Merck's stock of late...

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TBT or not TBT's picture

Well meaning medical professionals and medical suppliers make their money from illnesses. 

But it's just a coincidence that the AMA and ADA have been recommending behaviors that CAUSE diabesity for the last 50 years. 

With an assist from the agriculture, packaged food, and ag university industries, and a disinterested boost from captured regulatory agencies and Congresscritters.  

Atavists R Us's picture

i'm working towards lowering my optimum bp to 0/0....then i shouldn;'t need meds, right?

shovelhead's picture

You'll need fertilizer until you get started making your own.

Diatom's picture

Opioids? Dick doesn't work...

Diuretics? Dick doesn't work...

Statins? Dick doesn´t work...

Antidepressants? Dick doesn't work...

Antipsychotics? Dick doesn't work...

5alpha reductase inhibitors? Dick doesn't work...

retinoids? Dick doesn't work...


I guess we should pay attention to the Georgia guidestones...

It appears that castration is the way to go...

JRobby's picture

A couple of hits of #7 on the list, Blissful Wizard, and the dick is rock hard.

Must be stress?


Joe Davola's picture

It ain't that easy for everyone.  I've been on bp meds since 30.  I vigorously exercise most days of the week, my bmi is 20, avoid salt, eat a reasonably healthy diet but to no avail.

Manthong's picture


Gee… I feel pretty lucky….

No regular meds except for a few pain killers from all of the bar fights and motorcycle accidents.


Oh.., and then there was that time when the missus smacked me with an iron skillet.


Got The Wrong No's picture

After reading your posts for years, I can safely bet that you had that iron skillet smackdown coming. LOL

eclectic syncretist's picture

If it's really that bad a couple of garlic cloves a day (perhaps blended up in low sodium V-8 juice with your other preferred additives) will certainly do the trick.


S.N.A.F.U.'s picture

"avoid salt"

Note that NaCl isn't normally a problem in and of itself. What happens is that people consume too much Na relative to the amount of K they consume, and that imbalance causes problems at the cellular level (screws up the transport system). Naturally increasing K in your diet by substantial amounts though isn't easy (to put it mildly), which is why decreasing Na is often a good idea. Another good idea is for each person to look at the nutrients (including Na and K) that they are getting from all of the foods they eat on a regular basis so they can be aware of where they stand (their bottom line totals) so they can then know if they need to take action. IIRC, appropriate K:Na ratios in a diet are in the area of 1:1 to 2:1, whereas most people's actual diets have a ton more Na than K (10x as much Na than K is fairly common). Meat/eggs/dairy with nothing added (specifically no salt added) tend to be OK in terms of Na/K balance, but as soon as you start eating anything with added salt (e.g. prepared foods, salted meats, any salt added to eggs - btw properly prepared [not overcooked] eggs shouldn't need any salt added to taste salty), it quickly becomes very hard to get enough K from natural foods. (I once calculated just how many bowls of green beans or bunches of bananas I'd have to eat every single day to get enough K that way, and it was pretty ridiculous. I'd be overweight just from eating the bananas.) K supplements are essentially useless as the government restricts the amount of K per tablet to be a teeny-tiny fraction of what you need. However, those government regulations only apply to supplements and not to "actual food", so you can get good amounts of KCl from "unnatural food", specifically "no salt" ketchups and "salt substitutes" that use KCl rather than NaCl for their saltiness.

DEMIZEN's picture

interesting. ill look into mechanisms. also, people forget that there is a large list of common Sodium based preservatives and other additives, so "avoid salt" means whole a lot more than just kitchen salt.

if what you say is true, why not just use potassium chloride as taste substitute? it tastes almost the same way. i can barely taste the difference.


oops i see you modified your post. nevermind. i think ill order some. i hope its ok to substitute.

stormsailor's picture

POTASSIUM CYANIDE is healthy for you. who knew?

DEMIZEN's picture

sodium cyanide will do the job, no need to bother with latter

S.N.A.F.U.'s picture

If one wants meats that are preserved (and preppers gotta have their canned meats available and stuff like canned chicken without preservatives may be fine nutritionally but is pretty unappealing to eat):  Get meat preserved with celery powder.  It's still nitrates, but instead of being pure sodium nitrate (and/or sodium nitrite), celery powder's nitrates are predominately potassium nitrate.

pods's picture

Yep, when I have been sweating a LOT, I have "No salt" and make my own gatorade (minus the sugar) by adding some NaCl and KCl from that "No Salt" bottle or whatever the name is and voila, I replenish electrolytes without upsetting the Na-K pump.


DEMIZEN's picture

ill followed you on this one. made cucumber lime with "no salt". had to go to walmart to get it. i used light salt for one jar and no salt for others. i noticed my grip strenght was higher during summers despite less excercise.  i now assume my "weakness" was sodium driven.

trainwhit's picture

Unless you're a newborn baby in which case they'll be happy to inject you with 10,000x the recommende'd dosage...

tmosley's picture

That's mercury, actually.

S.N.A.F.U.'s picture

That had me wondering, because I thought that much potassium would kill someone (stop their heart in a matter of seconds once it got into the circulatory system).

Common_Law's picture

Normal salt also has a lot of aluminium in it as an "anti-caking agent" and aluminium that small ingested is a neurotoxin and related to dementia type things. 

So i just use rock salt.

S.N.A.F.U.'s picture

Thanks for the tip.  It might still require quite a bit of coconut water, but at least it's much less likely to make one fat.

To anyone that goes this route I would recommend having their coconut water after their most Na heavy meals, and take your time drinking it.  (From my vague memories of my prior research... large amounts of K in a short time without Na can actually be a bit dangerous, especially for anyone with a susceptible ticker.)

you_are_cleared_hot's picture

I eat a kale salad every day at work. It is usually paired with a grilled chicken breast, walnuts, cheese, blueberries..dressed with olive oil and balsamic. The vitamin K is off the charts. I have been doing this for about 3-4 years now...part of an overall Paleo diet.

see, not so hard to get your K.

S.N.A.F.U.'s picture

lol - I guess you're not into chemistry.

Na is sodium, NaCl is sodium chloride (aka common table salt), K is potassium, KCl is potassium chloride (also a salt).

Since you brought up Vitamin K though:  Note that "vitamin K" is not just one vitamin but a whole complex of vitamins, and Kale contains lots of K1.  K2 (in all its different versions) is useful for various things (such as calcium transport) that K1 is not, and there is evidence that suggests humans (especially older humans) lack the ability to synthesize sufficient quantities of K2 (from K1) so you might not be getting all of the "vitamin K" that you actually need.

(The same sort of thing really annoys me when it comes to "protein".  Someone may think they're getting enough "protein" because just like food labels they've lumped them all together into one quantity, but adult humans require 8 different types of protein and you can consume many times the "required protein quantity" and still be deficient in one or more of those 8.)

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Try yoga instead. My BP was constantly around the 140/90 range 7 years ago. When I started to do yoga it dropped to 125/80. I was going to try anything because my dr wanted me to give up coffee and salt. That was my " Fuck No" moment. In fact my salt intake has increased and still it remains stable thankfully.


ronin12's picture

BMI of 20 ? Are you like 140 pounds?

I'm 5' 11', 180 pounds - apparently that means I have BMI of 25.1 which is technically "overweight". 

It's as if these BMI claculators have never heard of 'muscle mass". 

Cornerbacks in the NFL must be downright obese according to this "BMI" nonsense.

imbrbing's picture

BMI is a crock. Used to weigh 235 and bench 350 in my younger days. According to my BMI at a certain Dr. visit I should have a heart attack before I even got back to my car.



tmosley's picture

Our understanding of nutrition has almost completely inverted in recent years. Salt is actually vital, and lack of salt may actually contribute to blood pressure issues. As per the usual, government intervention in the marketplace has fucked us.

As someone else noted, potassium balance is vital. Hence, I use either no-salt or lite salt. After I have been working outside, I will put some lite salt (half sodium, half potassium) in some water and drink that. Makes you feel great.

Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amJ-ev8Ial8

And this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bNdhM4vt4I

Inzidious's picture

Meditation. Yeah I know it sounds like corny new age bullcrap, but I moved to Thailand after 12 years in a sillycon valley tech life and have never liked back. I go on monthly meditation retreats and teach English. My bp averages 125 (used to be 150+) and my vision has actually improved.

Stress and tension don't just kill you, they are a direct measurement of body's rate of decline.

oneshot2shots's picture

It ain't that easy for everyone.  I've been on bp meds since 30.  I vigorously exercise most days of the week, my bmi is 20, avoid salt, eat a reasonably healthy diet but to no avail.

There is no need to outsource your reality to a number made up by humans based on apparent averages and percentages.

If you eat healthy, exercise regularly and feel good then there is no inherent need to pay attention to these numbers, as they will be constantly changed and reinvented. Its all bullshit, with very few exceptions.

Galahad Threepwood's picture

Avoid salt?   Do your own research and stop listening to doctors. 

Don't you think there might be a reason why food tastes bland without salt?

JRobby's picture

There is a genetic aspect to it.

Tired of Bending Over's picture

L-theanine and Perfusia Plus which contains L-arginine. (N.D. prescribed them. working well.)

RedDwarf's picture

HFLC + intermittant fasting is the superman of weight loss.  Anyone wanting details should look into Dr. Jason Fung and his research.

Bigly's picture



Good for taking it down as much as the literal snake venom, lisinopril with hctz.  THAT reduces your bp cause it's like you're dying cuz you kind of ARE.

Do NOT take that shit. It's all shit and should literally be your last resort. 

Also, sleep apnea can raise your bp. Make sure you do not have this.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Elevated blood pressure is a SYMPTOM of pre-diabetes/diabetes.  As such, adding salt will elevate an elevated BP.  The long term treatement is to get rid of the pre-diabetes/diabetes and the BP will take care of itself.  As people get most of their iodide from salt, cutting back on salt cuts back on iodide, so there is a rise in fibromyalgia, fibrocystic breast disease and mitochondrial function.

For fun, Google: breast disease iodine

There is a Cochrane study on salt intake, apparently no one ever bothered to figure out salt's relationship the heart disease.  http://www.cochrane.org/CD009217/VASC_reduced-dietary-salt-prevention-ca...

Tired of Bending Over's picture

Kelp for iodine supplementation. 

tion's picture

If only people could put the sodium chloride garbage down and use real salt.  And make sure they get enough iodine.  The salt and fat lies are going out of style.   High blood pressure folks could try a daily dose of food grade diatomaceous earth.  Five dolla. Good candida killer and a good source of silica.  Side effects may include nicer hair and nails.  Oh the horror.

Bigly's picture

You guys are correct about iodine.

I know there are some who hate infowars here, but look at their nascient iodine, X2, or similar.

11b40's picture

I use DE for my pool filters.  Did not even know there was a food grade version, but I do know that the powdered version i use can give yu lung cancer if you inhale it.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Correct.  One the problems I see now is they have moved the goal post for what an elevated insulin level is, so all the fatty fat fats are now considered "normal".  

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"Go on ketosis and/or do some fasting--lose weight fast and get rid of
diabetes, HBP, high cholesterol, and a number of other health problems."

Or just buy bitcoin.


tmosley's picture

Social ostracism is generally considered to not be good for one's health.

So buy crypto (not BTC, please, until they get those fees down), just don't tell anyone.

Happily, I am almost completely inhuman in my ability to not care about the opinions of others.

Donald J. Trump's picture

Easier said than done for some.  I dropped a huge amount of weight  about 15 years ago doing keto (about 60lbs, Atkins was popular at the time).  I was very active too.  After an accident I'm very sedentary and have put the weight back on.  Tried keto again, nothing.  Tried 5:2 fasting, nothing. Next will be 5:2 fasting and keto together.  Being active is the key and unfortunately I can't.  Last option for me I think is complete starvation.

tmosley's picture

That happens sometimes. My second time on keto left me unable to lose weight at all. Couldn't figure it out. Carbs were almost certainly sneaking in somewhere. It worked the third time.

Youtube has a lot of good recipes that will keep you interested and into it IF you have someone at home who can focus on preparing meals (or you find a good channel that has people who know what they are doing). Lots of work for someone on their own with a full time job. If you are in that sort of situation, I would suggest that you take your next vacation as a staycation and fast the entire time. Take a multivitamin, a b-vitamin, and electrolytes in water, and nothing else for as long as you can manage. Look up how to water fast. If you get dizzy, eat IMMEDIATELY, but in small amounts. 3 days to a week shouldn't be dangerous even if you are doing everything wrong. At some point longer than that, it could fuck you up big time. Highly suggest you do the research first, if you are determined to do it.

There was a woman who didn't eat food for a YEAR, and went from being morbidly obese to a knockout. Most men will probably find a week to a month is enough.

When in doubt, eat, but eat ketogenic foods. Salads too.

Taffy Lewis's picture

You hit the nail on the head, tmosley. I went NSNG (No Sugar No Grain) last January, then in July started ketogenic "food choices" - I don't like the term "diet"; high fat, low carbs, adequate protein - and eliminated processed foods almost entirely. I follow Bulletproof; Dr. Mercola's "Fat for Fuel" is excellent for the masses looking to lose weight, and there's lots more variations from other ketosis teachers.

I'm 60+, lost 18 pounds, got blood pressure from 160+/110+ to an average of 135/85 & tossed my pills in the garbage (I have my own blood pressure monitor), and I have tons of energy and mind clarity. I will never go back and am leading by example for those around me.

It's criminal how the AHA has conned the American public into high carb, low fat diet since the late 50's.

ronin12's picture

AHA (Another Heart Attack) is just a lobbying group for industries that make you fat and sick. 


Zip_the_Zap's picture

Yes, Yes: Its is called Metabolic Syndrome, a known and reported medical phenomenon, first called Syndrome X when first observed. And what you described is the best cure for this disease that manifestas itself in high blood pressure, high colesterol and elevated blodd sugar levels. I might add, a regular wlak would also help.