High blood pressure commonly occurs to diabetics. In truth, diabetes and high blood sugar levels are really only two of the many symptoms caused by insulin resistance.
Insulin resistance is caused by a diet that is too high in carbohydrates over a long period of time. In an attempt to keep blood sugar levels in a normal range the body produces increased levels of insulin.
Increased insulin levels can cause blood pressure to increase in one or both of the following ways:
The arteries of the body are normally like soft flexible rubber tubes. Each time the heart pumps the arteries expand slightly to maintain the blood pressure within normal levels.
The arteries are lined with smooth muscle tissue. High insulin levels promote the strengthening and thickening of smooth muscle tissue. This results in the walls of the arteries becoming thicker and more rigid. Thus when the heart beats the arteries can no longer expand as well as before and the blood is now forced through a narrower tube resulting in higher blood pressure levels.
Another way blood pressure levels go up is that insulin resistance (high insulin levels) promotes the buildup of plaque within the arteries of the body (atherosclerosis). This has been observed in numerous clinical trials and long-term studies. As plaque builds up within the arteries, the opening for blood to flow through the arteries becomes narrower, the heart must beat harder, resulting in raised blood pressure levels.
In some cases people will develop high blood pressure before developing high blood sugar levels. In other cases high blood sugar levels show up first, which is followed by high blood pressure levels.
To lower high blood pressure levels, most doctors prescribe one or more pharmaceutical drugs. These drugs can often artificially lower the blood pressure levels, but they do not address or correct that which is causing the blood pressure to be high in the first place — the high insulin levels in the body. This results in people often having to take blood pressure medications for life and never being rid of the problem.
The reason that blood pressure medications are normally by prescription only is that they can be lethal if taken incorrectly.
This is clearly covered in the following excerpt by two professionals in the medical field:
“A type of therapy used by the majority of physicians in our country for the past forty years is the administration of drugs at sublethal levels. Drugs, of course, are alien chemicals that are not normally present in the cellular environment of the human body. They radically alter man’s biochemical-physiological internal environment and often occasion very severe side effects. Needless to say, drugs do not halt or prevent the disease process, especially degenerative disease; at best they offer symptomatic relief, while the fundamental, underlying disease process continues uninterrupted.”
excerpted from Brain Allergies
by William H. Philpott, M.D. & Dwight K. Kalita, Ph.D.
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