Treating The Underlying Causes Of High Blood Pressure | Dr. George Papanicolaou on The Doctor’s Farmacy

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Key Takeaways

  • About 25% of adults have hypertension (also known as high blood pressure)
    • By 2025, it’s predicted that number will rise to 30%
      • “It’s also considered one of the leading causes of mortality to mankind” –  Dr. George Papanicolaou
  • Being insulin resistant is one of the biggest factors of getting high blood pressure
    • It makes it harder to regulate blood sugar which causes belly fat, and belly fat is a big factor in driving all sorts of diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and other illnesses
      • Being insulin resistant also drives inflammation which causes oxidative stress which causes ‘rusting’ of your arteries and pipes
  • Sleep apnea is the other big factor in high blood pressure
    • About 25 million Americans have sleep apnea
      • When you have sleep apnea, you aren’t getting enough oxygen to your body. As a result, your cortisol levels rise which causes inflammation and oxidative stress which is harmful to your arteries
  • Try to find imbalances or dysfunctions in your body that if corrected, will help the body return to its proper state
    • That’s the goal of functional medicine:
      • “We’re not just managing these diseases, we’re getting rid of them and we’re not treating them, we’re treating the factors that are causing them and the diseases go away as a side effect” Dr. Mark Hyman
  • “Anything that causes inflammation or oxidative stress will cause high blood pressure” Dr. Mark Hyman

Intro

  •  Dr. George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, Pennsylvania
  • Host – Dr. Mark Hyman (@drmarkhyman)

About High Blood Pressure

  • About 25% of adults have hypertension (also known as high blood pressure)
    • By 2025, it’s predicted that number will rise to 30%
      • “It’s also considered one of the leading causes of mortality to mankind” –  Dr. George Papanicolaou
  • About 75 million Americans have hypertension
    • About one in three adults in the US have pre-high blood pressure conditions
  • High blood pressure is a silent killer; most people don’t know they have it
    • High-blood pressure can cause heart disease, stroke, blindness, and even kidney failure
  • “If you have high-blood pressure, you need to treat it” – Dr. Mark Hyman
  • The best method to get an accurate reading of your blood pressure is to do a 24-hour blood pressure monitoring test

Two Main Causes of High Blood Pressure

  • Being insulin resistant is one of the biggest factors of getting high blood pressure
    • It makes it harder to regulate blood sugar which causes belly fat, and belly fat is a big factor in driving all sorts of diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and other illnesses
      • Being insulin resistant also drives inflammation which causes oxidative stress which causes ‘rusting’ of your arteries and pipes
  • Sleep apnea is the other big factor in high blood pressure
    • About 25 million Americans have sleep apnea
      • When you have sleep apnea, you aren’t getting enough oxygen to your body. Consequently, your cortisol levels rise which causes inflammation and oxidative stress which is harmful to your arteries
        • If you’re tired during the day or snore during the night, you may have sleep apnea

Other Factors Affecting Blood Pressure

  •  A lack of magnesium may also cause high blood pressure
    • About 45% of Americans are low in magnesium
      • “I call it the relaxation mineral” – Dr. Mark Hyman
  • A lack of potassium can be another factor of high blood pressure
    • To get potassium, eat more green, leafy vegetables
  • Omega 3 fats and fish oil can also help bring down your blood pressure
  • Having high mercury and lead levels can also cause high blood pressure
  • Losing weight will help drop your blood pressure
  • The salt in your kitchen isn’t bad, it’s the salt that’s added in processed foods
  • Getting plenty of sleep and exercising daily helps lower blood pressure
  • “Anything that causes inflammation or oxidative stress will cause high blood pressure” Dr. Mark Hyman
    • Inflammation can also prevent nutrients from being absorbed
    • Eating a lot of gluten can drive up inflammation and thus increase your blood pressure

Additional Notes

  • Try to find imbalances or dysfunctions in your body that if corrected, will help the body return to its proper state
    • That’s the goal of functional medicine
      • “We’re not just managing these diseases, we’re getting rid of them and we’re not treating them, we’re treating the factors that are causing them and the diseases go away as a side effect” Dr. Mark Hyman
  • Having non-celiac gluten sensitivity can cause leaky gut, inflammation, and many other problems
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Notes By Alex Wiec

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