In this video we will learn the causes of hypertension. Adventist Health Study 2 found that vegan and lacto-ovo vegetarian had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure than omnivorous Adventists. Moreover, after making adjustment for age and gender, systolic blood pressure was significantly lower in vegans/lacto-ovo vegetarians when compared to non-vegetarians, and results were broadly similar for diastolic blood pressure.
High blood pressure gives few symptoms and most people feel healthy during the early stages. Yet, if undetected and untreated, high blood pressure can be a contributing cause of heart trouble, blood vessel disease, and degenerative disease of the kidneys. Reaction to various physical and emotional influences may cause the blood pressure to rise. These influences include diet, exercise, exposure to cold, anxiety, quarrelsomeness in the home, guilt, or other emotional distress. Blood pressure thus elevated can remain at an unhealthy high, even if it fluctuates up and down for a time.
A low blood pressure is desirable, apparently the lower the better. We do not recognize medically a blood pressure reading that is too low, except in cases of shock. When the blood pressure is low, if the pulse pressure is sufficient to maintain circulation, it is considered normal. Pulse pressure is the difference between the systolic and the diastolic readings (the high and low readings) obtained in determining the blood pressure. The average pulse pressure is 40; if it falls below 10, it is inadequate to maintain circulation.
We do not know the exact level at which high blood pressure begins to be damaging, but statistical comparisons show that vascular diseases are more common as the blood pressure rises. Since high blood pressure seems to have a definite tendency to be inherited, those having high blood pressure in the family should be especially careful on all the points given to prevent the disorder. The following items are given to assist one to keep a normal blood pressure: