Maybe you’re afraid of your blood pressure creeping up as you age.
Or perhaps your doc has ALREADY warned you that if things don’t change a hypertension diagnosis is in your future
Either way, I have some good news for you.
New research has revealed a unique way to help head off high blood pressure before it ever has a chance to take hold.
And unlike most high blood pressure advice, it doesn’t have a thing to do with diet or exercise.
But it DOES start in the mouth.
Because it turns out a healthy mouth… free of gum disease… could lead to healthy blood pressure.
Tooth care linked to heart health
The new study, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, confirmed once again that there’s a link between our dental and cardiovascular health.
Researchers found that folks suffering from gum disease are at a higher risk for hypertension.
And the worse that gum disease is the higher your risk for high blood pressure climbs.
Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve written to you about a link between tooth and heart health.
In fact, we ALREADY knew that gum disease is linked to a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. And now researchers believe dental-linked high blood pressure could be the cause.
Gum disease sends high blood pressure soaring
The HUGE meta-analysis combined the findings from 81 different studies that spanned the globe.
And after a bit of heavy-duty data crunching the scientists were able to conclude that…
- moderate gum disease raises high blood pressure risk 22 percent
- severe gum disease raises high blood pressure risk 49 percent
Blood pressures were significantly higher in folks with gum disease compared to those who had been given a clean bill of dental health.
On average, systolic blood pressures were 4.5 mmHg higher. And diastolic pressures were around 2 mmHg higher.
And while those might LOOK like little bumps, they’re actually FAR from it.
In fact, the researchers say a blood pressure jump of just 5 mmHg is linked to a 25 percent leap in increased death risk from a heart attack or stroke.
More research, including randomized trials, needs to be done to confirm how big an impact treating gum disease can have on reducing your high blood pressure. But there’s already plenty of evidence hinting that it can help.
Five interventional studies out of 12 used in the study… or almost 42 percent… led to an overall reduction in high blood pressure when gum disease was treated.
And combined with other natural blood-pressure tamers such as beet juice, lycopene-rich tomatoes, and even dark chocolate it could be easier than ever to keep your numbers smack dab in the middle of the healthy zone.