Blood-Pressure Study Finds

Topics: Wellness and Health

Blood-Pressure Study Finds Cheap Diuretic May Be Best

From the NIH: Try 10 cents per pill vs 60 cents (generic lisinopril, an ACE inhibitor) vs $2 (e.g., Norvasc, a calcium channel blocker). Try just as effective—check that–more effective than the big boys. Try total compatibility with the DASH Diet.

Add the DASH Diet to a diuretic and you have a long-lasting, life-giving, heart-protecting combination. With no advertising budget or sales force, and without more side effects.

There’s no cost or quality trade-off—diuretics worked better in reducing heart failure, and in controlling blood pressure. They worked in women and men, blacks and whites, old and young.

And according to the Wall Street Journal, “In 1982, according to a study cited by Allhat researchers, 56% of prescriptions for hypertension were written for diuretics. Both ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers made their entrance during the 1980s. By 1992, diuretics amounted to 27% of prescriptions.”

Bottom line: ask your doctor about chlorthalidone, or hydrochlorothiazide–two common, inexpensive diuretics. And add a DASH of flavor and control to that. We’ve found some of the best books about controlling hypertension with lifestyle. And excellent, do-it-yourself blood pressure cuffs.