Statins for Blood Pressure

In January 2015, my blood pressure was 140/110. I didn’t even know it as a regular medical check-up was not part of my routine. At the age I was with the health profile I had and the stress I carried from work, any kind Doctor would have prescribed statins. Statins also are known as HMG-CoA reductase and are clinically known to reduce cardiovascular diseases. It does this by lowering the triglycerides in your body. These lipids create plaque in your arteries which result in high Blood Pressure.High Blood Pressure is known to be one of the primary causes of death world over and is not something to be ignored. If your pressure is consistently above 135/110, you need to do something to address it.

Here is the funny thing. In 2015, I neither knew about the evils of high blood pressure, nor the effects of statins or any alternative. Instead, I embarked on a journey to change my lifestyle. I changed my diet from eating fast burning carbohydrates like flour and sugar to fruits and vegetables and nuts and seeds. I ensured that I meditated every day, even if it was for five minutes. I slept well, no matter what was going on in my life. I ran, I swam, I learned karate, I strength trained. If I am making all of this sound easy, it wasn’t. It was a daily struggle not to cheat on that piece of cake. It was a struggle to wake up and crawl out of bed to “torture” myself by lifting heavy things.

Then a miracle happened. One day, by chance I checked my blood pressure and found it was 110/70. A whole 25 points lower on the systolic and 40 points on the diastolic. It has consistently remained so, without a drop of medication. My current lipid profile would please any Doctor, no sweat, with nary a recommendation for any statin.

Please don’t mistake my advice. I don’t suggest you do not need statins, just that there are alternatives. Ask your Doctor if you can make lifestyles changes either along with statins or even instead. Statins have side effects. Please see here or here or here


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.

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