Blood pressure med recalled for increased cancer risk. Can blood pressure be reduced without meds?

So a blood pressure medication is being recalled because it contains a naturally occurring molecule (N-nitrosodiethylamine) that is classified as a probable human carcinogen. The medication is losartan and it is manufactured by Torrent Pharmaceuticals. If you are using this medication, don’t stop it abruptly, but do talk to your doctor about other options, or check with your pharmacist to see if your medication was from the lots that were recalled.

But what if blood pressure could be reduced naturally without medications? Here are a few options that are known to reduce blood pressure.

  1. Eat a diet high in vegetables with some fruits- Plants contain high levels of potassium, and diets high in naturally occurring potassium have been shown to reduce blood pressure.
  2. Avoid too much sugar and starch- (Starch is actually just chains of glucose molecules stuck together.) Sugar and starch increase blood sugar levels, which increase insulin levels. High insulin levels can stimulate the sympathetic nervous system which can increase blood pressure.
  3. Learn to relax- Relaxation turns on your parasympathetic nervous system, which turns off our sympathetic nervous system so our cortisol, adrenaline, blood pressure, and heart rate can all get back to normal.
  4. Make sure you’re not deficient in vitamin D or magnesium-vitamin D is important for thousands of cellular processes in the human body, one of which is helping the kidneys regulate renin and angiotensin, which are hormones responsible for causing constriction of blood vessels, which increases blood pressure. Magnesium is a smooth muscle relaxer. Decreasing the constriction of the muscles around arteries might be one of the ways magnesium decreases blood pressure.
  5. Keep your hormone levels optimized-estrogen increases nitric oxide levels, which is a potent vasodilator (opens up blood vessels). When women go through menopause, they lose estrogen and blood pressure frequently creeps up over time. I remember back when the Women’s Health Initiative Study was stopped back around 2006 because the study showed a very small increase in breast cancer and heart disease risk in the women using Premarin and Provera (fake progesterone). Many women were immediately taken off hormones and had rapid development of difficult to treat hypertension (which is not surprising since they also had hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and otherwise felt like crap). A newer look at the data shows that hormone therapy was much safer than the media portrayed. Make sure if you are going to use hormones, that you work with someone who understands the safest and most effective way to use them to keep breast cancer risk low.

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Dr. Bonnett has over 20 years of experience in general medicine, mostly working with female patients. For over a decade, she has researched and used natural hormone replacement to help women optimize function and well-being. She can help bridge the gap between cutting-edge science and applying that science to help real people regain health.

Dr. Valerie Bonnett | Restorative Health & Wellness for Women


"Many women suffer from loss or imbalance of natural hormones. Hormone loss or imbalance can cause major symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, mood symptoms, and even memory issues. Hormone loss and imbalance is also associated with major medical problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, and even increased cancer risk. Some women lose most of their hormones around the time of menopause, but many women have hormonal imbalance much earlier....even going back to their teens. Hormonal imbalance can cause emotional imbalance. Many women get placed on meds for depression and anxiety....when they would do better getting their hormones back to normal!" ~ Dr. Valerie Bonnett

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