Hypertension: How Ice Cream Makes Matters Worse
To Beat Hypertension, You Need To Let Go Of These 3 Indulgences
We’ve heard it all before: bad habits have serious consequences. We know this is true, but somehow we convince ourselves that “healthy” things like walking a couple meters each day or eating a salad would cancel out other indulgences. But this is not actually true, especially for those with hypertension.
These little “treats” are causing more harm than we notice and cause our hypertension medicine to be less and less effective. Stay away from these top 3 culprits!
You might have heard this from your doctor: you need to stop smoking. There’s a good reason behind this too.
Studies show that the nicotine found in cigarettes is responsible for increased blood pressure. This may erase the effect of antihypertension medicine like metropolol and carvedilol, making them useless.
And if you’re tempted to light up another stick, think twice. Cigarette smoke lessens the effectiveness of your medication because it produces liver enzymes that break down medicine.
Like cigarettes, drinking beer also affects the way our livers process medicine. It makes the effects of hypertension medicine last shorter than normal, so it’s not surprising when hypertensive drinkers experience higher blood pressure.
Frequent drinkers aren’t the only ones at risk too. If you’re a hypertensive, that one casual bottle of beer can put you at risk for side effects like excessively low blood pressure and fainting. Passing out from beer this time around isn’t a sign of low alcohol tolerance – it’s a sign of your medicine not working because of the alcohol.
Our favorite cold treat may seem like a good idea at first bite, but calcium found in ice cream can actually make your hypertension medicine less effective.
The calcium found in dairy, even at normal doses, interfere with a type of antihypertensive medicine called calcium channel blockers.
If you’re taking amlopidine, felodipine or diltiazem, this means that you may have to lay off the desserts more often. Calcium from dairy can lead to sustained hypertension, and its high sugar content could make other conditions – like diabetes – worse.
It’s time to change habits while you still can
Giving up these indulgences may be hard for now, but if you want to take better care of your health (and your wallet), giving these up isn’t that big of a sacrifice in comparison. Who knows, these small sacrifices can lead to bigger things for you too – like making more memories with your family, or witnessing important life milestones.
Aside from keeping your diet in check, we hope you’re taking your medication properly too. For a convenient medicine shopping experience, you can browse our online pharmacy for your hypertension medicine and we’ll deliver it straight to your doorstep.
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