Blood pressure meds might not save your life… but they sure can ruin it!
It’s no secret that slowing the flow isn’t nearly as beneficial as the mainstream wants you to believe — especially for the vast majority of hypertension patients, who are only just a little north of BP targets.
Bringing those levels down a touch won’t help much. But it sure could hurt — and new research shows how it could damage you right where it hurts most.
IN YOUR BRAIN!
These drugs can make you moodier than a teen in puberty, leading to serious mental health problems including anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.
We’re not talking a mild battle with the blues or the ups and downs we all face from time to time, either.
Nope, these meds can increase your risk of the most SEVERE forms of these mood problems… to the point where you’ll have to be practically committed.
In fact, the study finds taking beta-blockers will increase your risk of HOSPITALIZATION for depression or bipolar disorder by as much as 35 percent.
Think that’s bad? The risk is even bigger for calcium channel blockers, which can up your odds of hospitalization for these mental health disorders by 50 percent.
Naturally, the researchers refuse to issue any kind of caution or warning. They’re singing the usual song about how you gotta keep taking those meds anyway, and that they’re “vital” for your physical health — even if they wreck your MENTAL health.
But that’s not the only way they can screw with your brain.
These drugs are known to make you so loopy and unsteady you could be mistaken for the town lush. Even worse, they can cause you to stumble, fall, and crack a bone — leading to injury, disability and even death.
A study in 2014 found these drugs will increase your risk of serious injury — including head trauma and hip fractures — by as much as 40 percent.
The best way to handle these meds is to not take them at all, if you can avoid them. And, in most cases, you certainly can avoid them.
If your BP is a little on the high side, you’ve probably got nothing to worry about. Studies show that for folks with “stage 1” hypertension, these drugs don’t always cut the RISKS of hypertension — even when they succeed in cutting blood pressure.
If your BP levels are higher, odds are you just need to drop a few pounds. Shed some weight, and your levels will almost certainly come down to where they should be.