When most people think about the causes of high blood pressure, they assume the most obvious culprits are going to be alcohol abuse, excessive stress, and consuming too much salt. While according to the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute in Chicago, those are legitimate causes, there are other things that are affecting 78 million adults in the United States. The following seven (7) surprising things that cause high blood pressure are not as easily recognized as stress, salt, and alcohol, but they should certainly be getting your attention.
1. Medications – One of the more surprising things that cause high blood pressure is something you are taking each day to actually heal the body. According to a study that was released by the Archives of Internal Medicine, over-the-counter and prescribed medications could be putting your blood pressure at severe risk. In a study that was conducted at the Mayo Clinic, people who are taking Tylenol each day are more likely to increase the likelihood of getting high blood pressure. The same goes for Advil, Motrin, and Aleve, taken on a daily basis increases your blood pressure and is having an overall negative impact on your health.
2. Too Much Sugar – Most people are aware of the fact that too much sugar can add inches to their waistline, they don’t realize however that the sugar can be the cause of high blood pressure. Many health professionals now believe that sugar is more dangerous to the body that salt, and they conclude that in order to treat patients suffering with high blood pressure they needed to reduce sugar in their diets. Fructose, the sugar added to processed drinks and foods appears to be the major player when it comes to developing hypertension. According to the American Heart Association, adults should not eat more than six teaspoons of sugar per day. To put that in perspective, one 16-ounce can of soda contains nine teaspoons of added sugar. Reduce consumption of fructose by limiting processed foods from the diet.