This alcohol treatment can help lower high blood pressure

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In a study conducted by Kaiser Permanente, researchers found that taking simple steps to drink less alcohol can significantly improve the health of adults suffering from high blood pressure.

This finding comes from a thorough examination of over 72,000 adults with high blood pressure and nearly 20,000 adults with type 2 diabetes who were drinking alcohol in ways that could harm their health.

The key to these health improvements is a strategy known as a brief intervention.

This approach is all about having short, focused conversations with individuals about their drinking habits, with the goal of encouraging them to drink less or, in some cases, not at all if that’s what’s needed for their health.

It’s a personalized way to help people understand how alcohol affects their health and find strategies to reduce their consumption to safer levels.

The study specifically looked at adults with high blood pressure and found that those who received this kind of intervention drank slightly less alcohol—about one less drink per week—than those who didn’t.

Even more, after 18 months, those who had received advice to drink less showed a meaningful drop in their diastolic blood pressure, a key indicator of heart health.

Surprisingly, the study did not find the same benefits for individuals with type 2 diabetes, suggesting that the effects of drinking less may vary depending on one’s health conditions.

This research highlights the complex relationship between alcohol consumption and high blood pressure. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to high blood pressure by causing the blood vessels to narrow, which increases pressure.

It can also lead to weight gain, another risk factor for high blood pressure. Moreover, alcohol can make blood pressure medications less effective, complicating the management of high blood pressure.

However, it’s interesting to note that moderate drinking—defined as up to one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men—might actually have some protective effects on the heart.

This is because moderate alcohol consumption can increase the levels of good cholesterol in the blood, which helps protect against heart disease.

Despite these potential benefits, it’s crucial to talk to a healthcare provider about how much alcohol is safe to consume, especially for those with high blood pressure or other heart-related risks.

Preventing high blood pressure involves more than just watching how much you drink. A healthy lifestyle is key.

This means eating a balanced diet full of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, getting regular exercise, keeping to a healthy weight, limiting salt intake, quitting smoking, managing stress, and regularly checking blood pressure. These steps can not only prevent high blood pressure but also improve overall health.

The message is clear: making small changes, like drinking less alcohol and adopting a healthier lifestyle, can have a big impact on your health, especially if you’re dealing with high blood pressure.

It’s about taking control of your health with the support of healthcare professionals and making informed decisions that lead to a healthier life.

If you care about high blood pressure, please read studies that early time-restricted eating could help improve blood pressure, and natural coconut sugar could help reduce blood pressure and artery stiffness.

For more information about blood pressure, please see recent studies about added sugar in your diet linked to higher blood pressure, and results showing vitamin D could improve blood pressure in people with diabetes.

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