Blood Pressure Guidelines
for Adults Over 60 Years Old

Findings in Health Study Conducted by U.S. Health Experts May Signal Elimination or Reduction in Blood Pressure Treatment

If you are 60 years of age or older and if you have what is currently classified as 'high blood pressure' - and if you are currently being treated with medication, the manner in which your condition is treated may change.

A panel of U.S. health experts has recommended a higher threshold for prescribing high blood pressure medications for treatment.

High blood pressure is currently defined as 140 over 90 - or higher.

The panel of experts determined that there are health risks associated in treating older individuals with medications and have advised that the new threshold be established at 150 over 90 - or of course, in readings which exceed this number.

Of course, there will be exceptions to the new recommendation based on individual health status. One concern which led to this recommendation is related to the harmful side effects of high blood pressure medications in seniors. When blood pressure is reduced too low, the following negative side effects may occur, at times posing serious risk of bodily injury, including death.

Negative & Harmful Side Effects of High Blood Pressure Medications for Seniors

Let's discuss the risks associated with taking high blood pressure medications and how our age influences how these medicines work.

1. Fainting. This occurs when treatment is too aggressive and blood pressure falls swiftly, leaving the individual feeling faint - or actually fainting due to lightheadedness.

2. Falls. These are associated with lightheadedness or fainting due to aggressive treatment.

3. Harmful interactions with other medications.

Many seniors take other medications to control health issues related to ageing. Not all medications are compatible and mixing them can create potentially fatal results.

High Blood Pressure, Heart Attack & Stroke

The panel of experts also determined that older individuals can avoid major events such as stroke, heart attack and kidney issues even when their blood pressure is high. This was determined by patient testing using 'dummy' pills.

Because many older patients take two or more medications to control their blood pressure readings, if the amount of drugs can be reduced without impacting the patient's health, that's even better news.

In this day and age, we invite too many foreign elements into our body to treat specific health issues - and the result is almost always unfavorable. While one condition may benefit, the drugs can cause issues for other areas of the body.

Natural Methods for Reducing High Blood Pressure in Seniors

You can also naturally reduce and control your blood pressure though a healthier lifestyle. Getting more activity into your day, eating a balanced daily diet and losing excess pounds will naturally lower those unhealthy numbers.

Example of a food selections at meal and snack times for individuals with high blood pressure - taking note to monitor your sodium [salt] intake throughout the day to avoid bloating and a potential increase in blood pressure readings as your heart has to perform harder to accomplish efficiency in the body.

Breakfast

Fruit is always a healthy food choice to begin your day. Try adding to whole grain cereals OR blend with low fat milk. Personally, I enjoy the flavor of almond milk - so I will often blend 1/2 a banana with a serving of the almond milk. So tasty!

Other healthy options include a bagel, a prepared frozen waffle - and whole grains are the healthiest pick. Warm cereals also hit the spot on those cooler mornings. Yogurt which contain probiotics is yet another good choice.

Lunch

It's difficult to beat a green salad with cherry tomatoes, slices of lean cooked chicken or other healthy proteins, a few chickpeas, shredded mozzarella and dried cranberries. Top with a low calorie, low fat dressing - and enjoy a side of fruit topped with light whipped cream for dessert. Either low fat milk or water is always a healthy beverage choice. Watch the juice, taking care to consume the recommended serving size as it's very high in calories.

Dinner OR Supper in the South

One of my favorite one bowl meals is a pasta concoction. Roast a handful of cherry tomatoes, one small cubed eggplant, a bit of cauliflower and black olives in the oven at 450 degrees for about 30 minutes, turning at the halfway point. Toss all the ingredients in olive oil after adding to the pan, and salt and pepper them based on personal taste taking care with the amount of added salt.

Add warm cooked penne pasta to the roasted vegetables and transfer to a casserole dish that is microwave safe. Add 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of finely ground dill weed, and 1/2 teaspoon of soy sauce. Take note that soy sauce is heavily mined with sodium - so you may not wish to add any salt at the beginning. Toss; add slices of low fat mozzarella to the top and place into the microwave until the cheese melts.

At the table, I enjoy adding cumin to my bowl. So good! And good for your body, too!

Snack Times

Fruit, yogurt, nuts and nut butters, whole grain crackers, low fat dairy selections, fruit gummy drops.

 

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