The Lancet study finding that ARBs (Angiotensin Receptor Blockers), commonly prescribed for high blood pressure, heart failure and kidney disease actually result in more cancer, especially lung cancer, is alarming.
But so would be the sound of people stopping their meds this moment because of cancer fear. That would be the heart-breaking sound of many heart attacks and strokes, and the low rumbling of people stampeding to the Emergency Department to get checked.
Commonly prescribed ARBs are:
- candesartan (Atacand),
- eprosartan (Teveten),
- irbesartan (Avapro),
- telmisartan (Micardis),
- valsartan (Diovan),
- losartan (Cozaar),
- olmesartan (Benicar)
What is left unsaid is that several very successful strategies exist to lower blood pressure with what you eat and how you handle stress, and whether you exercise. Here is a link to 15 free healthy hypertension recipes I did for the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). It’s an effective plant-based diet to control blood pressure, tested internationally
The Wall Street Journal report on meals to lower cholesterol, reposted in the NYTimes is also a step in the direction of lifestyle management as a complementary and sometime replacement strategy for those who are motivated…and want to save their lives themselves.
We are moving towards a place where people will want to count on themselves more: that’s a good thing, for your health.