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    How might we prevent and reverse hypertension, the number-one risk factor for death in the world?

    Dr. Greger: High blood pressure is the #1 risk factor for death in the world, affecting nearly 78 million Americans—that’s one in three adults. And, as we age, our pressures get higher and higher, such that by age 60, it strikes more than half. Well, if it affects most of us when we get older, maybe it’s less a disease, and more just an inevitable consequence of aging? No. We’ve known since the 1920s that high blood pressure need not occur.

    Researchers measured the blood pressures of a thousand people in rural Kenya who ate a diet centered around whole plant foods—whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruit, and dark green leafies. Our pressures go up as we age; their pressures actually go down.

    And, the lower the better. The whole 140 over 90 cut-off is arbitrary. Even people who start out with blood pressures under 120 over 80 appear to benefit from blood pressure reduction. If you went to your doctor with a blood pressure of 120 over 80, you’d get a gold star.

    Continue at NutritionFacts: How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure.

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