Study finds higher BP levels nothing to worry about
Stand back… you might get splattered: Some of the drug industry’s biggest sacred cows are being run through the slaughterhouse.
First, researchers ripped the heart out of the cholesterol myth. Now, another group is hacking away at ludicrous blood pressure targets.
Maybe Big Pharma checks are starting to bounce… or maybe researchers have finally grown a pair — whatever the reason for this insurrection, I’m loving every minute of it.
In a study that would be right at home in The Douglass Report, researchers have found that up to 100 million Americans have needlessly been told they need to do something about their BP levels.
The researchers examined data on 6,682 adults collected between 1959 and 1962, along with data on 13,792 patients who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1971 and 1976.
Old numbers? Sure — but there’s a reason for that: The researchers wanted to turn back the clock to a time when people weren’t treated for BP levels that would be considered “prehypertension” or higher by today’s standards, and see what happened to them.
And here’s what happened: Nothing. Zip, zilch, nada.
For people under 50 years old, the top number — the systolic reading — could climb all the way to 200 before any risk kicked in, according to the study in The Journal of General Internal Medicine.
For them, the bottom number — the diastolic reading — was actually more important, but the researchers say anyone under 100 on that bottom reading has nothing to worry about.
For patients older than 50, the researchers found that heart risk started to rise after the top number passed 140 — but really, once you put it all together, it’s not too hard to see the bigger picture: Blood pressure is simply NOT a one-size-fits-all proposition.
And this nonsense about keeping BP below 120/80 or even 115/75 — and the entire “prehypertension” category — is nothing more than a cynical marketing gimmick created by industry-friendly doctors and government officials who KNEW exactly what they were doing: selling blood pressure meds for their Big Pharma masters.