Hypertension Management: Essential Tips for Patients

  Overview Understanding the key aspects of managing hypertension can significantly enhance your health and well-being. This guide provides valuable tips for those dealing with high blood pressure. Daily Routine Adequate Sleep : Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Balanced Rest and Work : Ensure your rest is proportionate to your daily workload. Physical Well-being Regular Breaks : Incorporate 15-20 minute breaks to lie down or sit with elevated legs. Posture During Work : For desk jobs, periodically stand for 3-5 minutes to alleviate pressure. Mental Health Stress Management : Opt for lying down or sitting with elevated legs during stressful periods rather than pacing. Sleep Hygiene Leg Elevation : Slightly raise the bed at the foot by 7-10 cm, especially for those with less sleep at night. Use a higher pillow if needed. Morning Routine Gradual Transition : Move slowly from lying down to standing up in the morning. Gentle Exercises : Start the day with light exercises, avoiding stre

Low fiber diet leads to hypertension

 Recently, a study by Monash University scientists confirmed for the first time that a low fiber diet may lead to high blood pressure. If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to stroke, myocardial infarction, stiffness of the heart's arteries and muscles, and kidney stiffness, thereby reducing its function. Hypertension is also the most common risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

In the study, published in the journal Circulation, the authors tested the difference between a high and low resistant starch diet using a mouse model. Resistant starch is a kind of fiber food, which can resist gastrointestinal digestion until it reaches the large intestine and is absorbed by probiotics.

The results showed that mice fed a low fiber diet were more likely to develop hypertension. After that, the researchers through the sterile mice fecal transplantation experiment showed that the low fiber diet caused by intestinal microbial ecological environment changes is the direct cause of hypertension.

"Hypertension remains a major risk factor for cardiovascular death," said lead author Dr. Francine marques, director of the National Heart Foundation at Monash University's School of biological sciences. A fiber deficient diet is associated with the prevalence of hypertension, but this study reveals the role of intestinal flora in it

Professor David Kaye, director of Cardiology at Alfred Hospital and head of heart failure at Baker college, CO led the study. Professor Kaye said that although it is well known that a high fiber diet can prevent the development of heart disease, the mechanism of this effect remains uncertain.

Microbial fermentation of resistant starch in the gut can release a series of metabolites, among which small molecules called short chain fatty acids (SCFA) can reduce blood pressure. The team found that even if the mice were fed these SCFAs directly without resistant starch fiber in their diet, their blood pressure decreased and their cardiovascular health improved.

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