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Cholesterol & Blood Pressure Medications

Quitting Blood Pressure Medications

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

First & Foremost, Prescribed Medications to Control Blood Pressure & Cholesterol are a Professional's Decision

The best way to reduce your cholesterol level is to get with your doctor for guidance. While there are numerous natural remedies which claim to reduce levels to a manageable state - this area is too volatile to allow for experimentation.

In my personal situation, after I reduced by over 100 pounds, my doctor told me that I could stop my blood pressure medication. I had always read and assumed that this would need to be done gradually, but he allowed me to go cold turkey. I did not suffer any ill effects and actually felt much healthier after getting off the meds.

HOWEVER, this is not to say that anyone should follow this path. Each of us require different treatment and our health conditions differ greatly. Therefore, always check with your doctor when you think about stopping any prescribed drugs.

About Blood Pressure

Think of a water hose as your arteries which transport your life-blood to the heart, continuing to circulate it through the body, to the vital organs, to the veins and tiny capillaries.

Now let's assume that a car runs over a portion of the hose, cutting the flow of water up so that it builds with the hose. At some point, the pressure will create a bulge; and finally - the hose will burst.

All that centralized pressure was too powerful to harness. The situation is much the same within the human body. When the blood pressure is too high, it can cause damage throughout the body.

The resulting issue may be a heart attack, a stroke, an impact on the kidneys - or another area of the body.

One safe method that can impact blood pressure in a very positive manner is to reduce or limit the use of sodium - yes, good old table salt, in the daily diet eating plan.

Health studies indicate that people who live in the eastern part of the United States have increased longevity because they aren't heavy-handed when it comes to that shaker of salt. And logically speaking, foods that are heavily salted generally contain a substantial amount of fat, too. About Blood Serum Cholesterol | Return to Page 1

Food & Beverages High in Cholesterol

The amount of cholesterol contained in the foods that we eat and drink are quite different than the cholesterol found within the human body. The amount contained in a particular food or beverage doesn't automatically clog the arteries.

However, the energy sources that we choose to eat and drink that contain high amounts of cholesterol tend to be extreme in fat and calories. When we consume more energy values than the body can use, the result is weight gain - in the form of stored fat.

And when those food sources are high in lipids [fats], particularly the unhealthier forms of fats [such as Saturated and Trans fats] they can work quite steadily in created unwanted fat layers in the abdominal regions of the body.

Therefore, it's a wise choice to avoid OR limit foods which have high cholesterol content.

Examples of Foods & Beverages Rich in Cholesterol Content

Food: 3 Ounces unless noted


Cake, pineapple upside-down, prepared from recipe, 1 slice


Cheese, feta, 1 oz


Frankfurter, beef, unheated - one


Milk, whole, 3.25% milkfat, with added vitamin D, 1 cup


Cheese, pasteurized process, swiss, 1 oz


Chocolate-flavor beverage mix, powder, prepared with whole milk - 1 cup


Cake, gingerbread, prepared from recipe, slice


Ham, sliced, prepackaged (96% fat free, water added) 2 slices


Muffins, blueberry, commercially prepared - one


Pork sausage, fresh, cooked, 1 patty



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