Startling High Blood Pressure News That Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You
Posted Apr 09 2009 5:22pm
I posted some information on the "silent killer" high blood pressure and why it is important to make sure you get a checkup and be sure you don’t have this "silent killer". You can read more about it here. Silent Killer
Well, I have some more information about this and something startling that I no is a major issue yet many don’t realize it. I want to thank David Lawler for commenting about my post with some very insightful information you have to pay attention to if you care at all about being healthy and living a long and prosperous life.
Please read his email below….
My wife (Jan Grant) forwarded to me your interesting email regarding hypertension. I thought that I would throw in my 2 cents.
First, I need to thank you for helping my best friend and wife loose the weight that she has been struggling with for the last 10 years. I have watched her try one method after another (you know the drill) without success. Your methods coupled with Ryan Ketchum’s guidance have been transformative. Thank you, thank you! Her quality of life is greatly enhanced by your work.
I wanted to respond to your email, because while your friend’s book may be right on about hypertension, in your message, one very important link is missing. That missing link, obstructive sleep apnea, is the very cause of a huge amount hypertension and often is ignored by the medical community. The Joint National Commission for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of Hypertension (JNC-7 http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/hypertension/express.pdf ) on page 6, Table 4 lists sleep apnea as first on the list as identifiable reasons for hypertension. However studies show that only a very few physicians question their patients about the quality of their sleep, so rather that determine the cause of the hypertension, patients are medicated in an attempt to lower the blood pressure and reduce the cardiovascular risk. You indicate in your email that 30% of people with hypertension don’t know it. That is mild compared to the 80% of those with sleep apnea in this country who are undiagnosed!
Studies show that 45% of those with hypertension have obstructive sleep apnea. Those who are on medication and still have a difficult time getting their hypertension under control have an 80% chance of sleep apnea. Over, and over again, I see blood pressure dropping in patients who are starting to manage their sleep-breathing disorders.
These sleep-breathing disorders are epidemic in the adult population with as many as 1 in 5 adults having this problem at a level significant enough to start undermining health (isn’t it interesting that this percentage is similar to the levels of hypertension?). Sleep-breathing disorders are, in many cases, caused by obesity. Extra fatty deposits in the neck encroach on the airway making upper airway collapse much easier during sleep. Once upper airway collapse starts and sleep becomes fragmented, a viscous cycle results in which the hormones regulating hunger become disrupted. More weight gain results along with the daytime sleepiness and fatigue that makes exercise much more difficult or even impossible. As this disorder progresses, oxygen levels drop precipitously during sleep. Along with dramatically reduced oxygen levels, guess what? Impotency. (See the abstract pasted below)
It is a certainty that a large percentage of your weight loss clients are having their weight loss made more difficult due to their sleep-breathing disorder which is sapping their energy and upsetting their metabolism during sleep. Information about this disorder belongs on your website".