Yourwellness Magazine Follows Up New Blood Pressure Skin Patch

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With a breakthrough skin patch for high blood pressure being cleared for use in Japan, Yourwellness Magazine explored dietary measures that can reduce high blood pressure.

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A new skin patch to treat high blood pressure could dramatically slash deaths from heart attacks and strokes, it was reported August 5th. The device is the first in the world to gradually allow a drug to seep through the skin and into the bloodstream once patients stick it on to their arm, chest or back. The breakthrough patch has been cleared for use in Japan and could be available in the UK within the next couple of years. The British Heart Foundation’s senior cardiac nurse, Maureen Talbot, commented, “This is an important drug already used to treat high blood pressure. It’s good to know there may be more than one option when it comes to administering it. However, this patch is not available here in the UK and for now our doctors will continue to prescribe this medicine as a pill to swallow.” (http://www.express.co.uk/news/health/419751/New-hope-for-high-blood-pressure-patients)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine explored ways in which nutrition can reduce high blood pressure. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “High Blood pressure can be greatly improved using a nutritional approach…you’ll not only reduce your blood pressure but also help to balance your blood sugar levels and lose some weight.” (http://www.yourwellness.com/2012/01/nutrition-and-high-blood-pressure/#sthash.viLkry5g.dpuf)

Yourwellness Magazine outlined five main ways to reduce high blood pressure using diet:

1. Reduce Sodium (salt). Read food labels for the sodium content and eliminate processed meats.
2. Increase Potassium. Choose potassium-rich foods like bananas, avocado, sweet potatoes (with skin), Brussel sprouts, spinach, broccoli, plain low-fat yoghurt, beetroot and beet leaves, celery, beans and lentils, parsley and sage.
3. Increase Omega-3s. Include foods like salmon, tuna, mackerel, sardines, flaxseed, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
4. Reduce Grains and Eliminate Sugars. Avoid refined and starchy carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and all flour products like pastries, cakes, biscuits and crackers. Avoid sweets, fizzy or caffeinated drinks and chocolates.
5. Eliminate ‘Trans’ fats. These have been shown to damage the lining of the arteries, leading to hardening and thus high blood pressure.

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