21 August 2007

Spreading the Blood Pressure Message across the Blogosphere

Like all good researchers I use Google Alerts to highlight any activity on the web related to blood pressure. Recently I set the alerts to include blogs that refer to blood pressure monitors and measuring blood pressure - well if I blog on and on about blood pressure then who else does?

A post on Peacefairs blog about blood pressure testing reinforces the opinion that its of great benefit to keep an eye on measurements and emphasises that taking readings at home is often more accurate and of greater help to you and your GP than blood pressure measurements taken in the surgery.

Most other blog posts seemed to be "scrapde articles" from elsewhere on the web but I guess the more freely this information is available the better for our health and wellbeing.

I now hope to find out lots more about healthy eating as it appears there is a big link between bad diet and high blood pressure.

10 August 2007

Blood Pressure - latest News

A quick search of authority News sites - BBC and Times Online shows that research into blood pressure - the causes, prevention, monitoring and control continue around the world.
Differing opinions cause confusion.

In this article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6266256.stm it is suggested that chocolate will help lower blood pressure but fails to highlight the detrimental effects of fat and sugars

Elsewhere http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6203255.stm we learn that alcohol consumption is another aid to reducing blood pressure - great news for all the drnkers who've been terrorised by the health police for many years. Is it only a matter of time before smoking is associated with lowering blood pressure and maintaining a healthy heart?

A serious concern is the effect of stress - not necessarily stress itself but the lifestyle that often accompanies stress - poor diet, lack of exercise the BBC report on it here http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5132210.stm and more there is more specialist information relating to executive stress and raised blood pressure here