There’s no part of life the coronavirus infection hasn’t touched yet.
Because even if you’re a shelter-in-place pro… even if you social distance better than Bigfoot… and even if you never get the virus… there are still ways this pandemic can mess with you.
You probably already know the trouble triggers… maybe too well:
- stress (and MORE stress) caused by pandemic news
- too little movement as we hunker down at home
- poor diet, as we binge on snacks and “comfort” foods (Doritos, anyone?)
- drinking alcohol like a thirsty fish
And it’s that list of social isolation triggered troubles that a new study finds is behind a spike in blood pressure for many of us. But chances are, if that describes YOU, you don’t even know it’s happening. Because they call hypertension the “silent killer” for a good reason.
But don’t worry, my friend. You can still bring that rising blood pressure back under control quickly… safely… and effectively.
Pandemic isolation linked to soaring blood pressure
The new study uncovered a big change in the people checking into hospitals lately. There are far more folks battling high blood pressure.
And it’s not just being found in the rampant COVID-19 cases clogging up emergency rooms and ICUs. Often even the folks who come in without a coronavirus infection have higher blood pressure than they did before the pandemic struck.
You know the first thing they do when you arrive at the hospital is to check your BP. So the researchers had plenty of data to work with. And when they crunched the numbers, the results were sobering.
In the three months before the pandemic began and the shutdowns kicked in, 15.4 percent of those admitted to the ER had high blood pressure. But that changed pretty dramatically after a few months of pandemic panic.
Doctors say now 23.8 percent of patients admitted have high blood pressure. That works out to an increase of 37 percent after adjusting for other factors.
Dial down your BP with these simple solutions
And remember, these aren’t folks who came in with coronavirus. They’re patients with the other kinds of routine issues that send people to ERs every day. For example, complaints such as chest pain or abdominal pain, according to the study.
Yet on average, their blood pressure jumped through the roof compared to people coming in for the same complaints just months earlier.
But there’s a way to fix it, starting with getting back to your pre-pandemic patterns.
- Eat better (think more fresh foods and lower carbs).
- Drink less (or not at all).
- Get moving more (like a walk around the neighborhood each day).
Now you might think the stress part is out of your control. But you can fight that one, too. Take some time to decompress each day. Maybe read a book. Or listen to some music. And turn OFF the news, for goodness sake.
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