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by Fr. Tommy Lane "..The study was carried out on 22,000 people over nine years. Those who attend church weekly live 10% longer than those who do not. People doubted the results of the findings because they said regular church goers live healthier lives but the study had already taken that into account and had already made adjustments for lower rates of alcohol and tobacco use among church goers. So the researchers stood over their results. Recently Duke University released the results of a study on 4,000 people over the age of 65. Those who prayed regularly had significantly lower blood pressure than those who did not. Those who attended religious services had healthier immune systems. More findings from Duke University and from Dartmouth and Yale Universities show that people in hospital who never attend church regularly have an average stay in hospital three times longer than those who do attend church regularly. Elderly people who never or rarely attend church have a stroke rate almost double that of those who do go to church. Studies in Israel show that religious people have a 40% lower death rate from cardiovascular disease and cancer. So the data is there, the secret is out of the bag, prayer works...
Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. The heart pumps blood into the arteries (blood vessels), which carry the blood throughout the body. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is dangerous because it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body and it contributes to hardening of the arteries or atherosclerosis and the development of heart failure.
* Being overweight or obese
* Lack of physical activity
* Too much salt in the diet
* Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
* Older age
* Family history of high blood pressure
* Chronic kidney disease
* Adrenal and thyroid disorders
"...Read food labels. Most sodium in the American diet comes from processed foods. Check the nutrition facts label for sodium content. Select foods labeled low-sodium, very low sodium, or salt-free, and watch out for ingredients that indicate high sodium content. Here's a clue: any ingredient with the word sodium in it, such as disodium phosphate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium benzoate, sodium hydroxide, sodium nitrite, sodium proprionate, and sodium sulfate, means that the food likely has a high sodium content. Baked goods made with baking powder or baking soda may also be high in sodium....
"The chart shows lifestyle changes can reduce systolic blood pressure (the "top" number in a blood pressure reading). By lowering your systolic blood pressure, your diastolic blood pressure would likely come down as well." Natural Remedies & Cleanses : How to Reduce High Blood Pressure Naturally, from youtube.com "To reduce high blood pressure naturally, eat more frequent but smaller meals, reduce stressful aspects of everyday life, drink plenty of water and get regular mild exercise. Keep blood pressure low and healthy while losing extra weight and lowering stress levels with tips from a doctor of Oriental medicine in this free video on natural remedies."
"It's one of the scariest diseases around and it affects one in four adults. It's high blood pressure, the infamous silent killer.
According to the American Heart Association, high blood pressure is so sneaky one out of three victims don't realize they suffer from it.
This message is of extreme importance to many dieters the risk of high blood pressure rises along with your weight
The experts stress there are some simple things that can be done to keep you from becoming a victim of the silent killer .You'll want to print out this important Top 10 and keep it handy. But first...HAVE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE CHECKED Many drug stores offer free screenings. It's important to keep updated on your numbers
According to the American Heart Association, blood pressure of less than 140 over 90 is considered a normal reading for adults. A systolic pressure of 130 to 139 or a diastolic pressure of 85 to 89 needs to be watched carefully. A blood pressure reading equal to or greater than 140 over 90 is considered elevated or high.
These sound tips compiled from the American Medical Association, and other resources may save your life.