Factors that contribute to hypertension
Previously, I discussed how heavy metal exposure and suboptimal mineral status can lead to hypertension. High blood pressure is often complex and multifactorial. I consider the following influences when seeing a patient with primary hypertension: .
Environmental factors/toxins: examples of this include heavy metals, chronic stress, alcohol consumption and inactivity
Oxidative stress: this is when there is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body
Insulin resistance: this is when your cells start ignoring signals from insulin to properly utilize glucose. you don't have to have diabetes to have insulin resistance. this can manifest in many different ways and is very common
Suboptimal nutrient status: many people are over fed and undernourished. certain nutrients are needed by the body to function properly
Drug induced nutrient depletions: nutrient depletions may be occurring from use of medications
Genetic variation: about 30-50% of patients with hypertension have a genetic element that is influencing their situation.
Inflammation: finding triggers of inflammation, such as problematic foods, is imperative when trying to minimize inflammation. This is a driving force for many chronic diseases