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How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure

October 14, 2019

“How Not to Die from High Blood Pressure” 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 1920’s
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; but
the ideal blood pressure, the no-benefit-from-reducing-it-further
blood pressure, may actually be 110 over 70. 110 over 70? Is it even possible to get
blood pressures down that low? It’s not just possible; it’s normal for
those eating healthy enough diets. Over two years at a rural Kenyan
hospital, 1,800 patients were admitted. How many cases of high blood
pressure did they find? Zero.
Wow! They must have had
low rates of heart disease. No. They had no rates
of heart disease. Not a single case of arteriosclerosis—
our #1 killer—was found. Rural China, too, about 110 over 70
their entire lives; 70-year-olds with the same average
blood pressure as 16-year-olds. Now Africa, China—vastly different diets,
but what they shared in common is that they were plant-
based day-to-day, with meat only eaten on
special occasions. Now, why do we think it’s the
plant-based nature of their diets that was so protective?
Because in the Western world, as the American Heart Association
has pointed out, the only folks really getting
it down that low were those eating strictly plant-based
diets— coming in at about 110 over 65. This is the largest study of those
eating plant-based diets to date— 89,000 Californians, comparing non-
vegetarians to so-called semi-vegetarians or flexitarians, eating meat more
on a weekly basis than a daily basis; compared to those who eat
no meat except fish; compared to those who eat
no meat at all; compared to those who eat
no meat, eggs, or dairy. Now this was an Adventist study, so even the non-vegetarians
didn’t eat a lot of meat, and they tended to eat lots of fruits and
vegetables, and exercised, and not smoke. So even compared to a group of
relatively healthy meat-eaters, there appeared to be a stepwise
drop in hypertension rates as people eat more and
more plant-based. Same thing with
diabetes and obesity. So, yes, we can wipe out most of
our risk eating strictly plant-based. But it’s not all-or-nothing;
it’s not black-or-white. Any movement along the spectrum
towards eating healthier can accrue significant health benefits. You can show this experimentally. You take vegetarians, you give them
meat (and pay them enough to eat it), and their blood pressures go up; or you remove meat from people’s diets, and
blood pressures go down—in just 7 days! And this is after the vast
majority reduced or stopped their blood pressure
medications completely. They had to stop their medications. Once you treat the cause, once
you eliminate the disease, you can’t be on blood pressure pills
with normal blood pressure. You can drop your pressures too low,
get dizzy, fall over, hurt yourself— so your doctor has to
pull you off the pills. Lower pressures on fewer drugs;
that’s the power of plants. So, does the American Heart Association
recommend a no-meat diet? No, they recommend a low-meat diet,
the so-called DASH diet. Why not completely plant-based? When the DASH diet
was being created were they just not aware of this landmark
research, done by Harvard’s Frank Sacks? No, they were aware. The Chair of the Design Committee that came
up with the DASH diet was Frank Sacks. See, the DASH diet was explicitly
designed with the #1 goal of capturing the blood pressure lowering
benefits of a vegetarian diet, yet contain enough animal
products to make it palatable to the general population. They didn’t think
the public could handle the truth. Now, in their defense, you can
see what they were thinking. Just like drugs never work unless
you actually take them, diets never work unless
you actually eat them. So they’re like, look, no one is going
to eat strictly plant-based, so if they soft-peddled the message and came up
with some kind of compromise diet, then maybe on a population
scale they’d do more good. OK, tell that to the thousand
American families a day that lose a loved one to
high blood pressure. Maybe it’s time to start telling
the American public the truth.

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  1. Thank you. My mother has high blood pressure and will not listen to my advice I am hoping your studies can help convince her to try a plant based diet. I am desperate.

  2. My resting heart rate averages about 50 – 60 Beats per minute with this app i use is that good?
    Mostly plant-based last few years. The only Animal products i do have from time to time are organic eggs or fermented goats cheese/natural yogurt but maybe like once or twice a month at most.

  3. I follow durianrider's advice because he is the only real vegan out there not fake like this doctor. I was 600lbs bed ridden morbidly obese and my blood pressure was 90/100!!!  and then durianrider coached me to drink only sprite everyday to lose weight and 6 weeks later I am now 175lbs 11% bodyfat I am competing in a natural bodybuilding contest this weekend. AND my blood pressure today is 90/65

  4. Dr Greger you're an inspiration to me . I'm vegan 20 years old however I've been diagnosed with a sinus pericranii . I've gotten bouts of dizziness and blurry vision before. I would truly appreciate any advice that you have to offer , I'm feeling very desperate .

  5. Great video. Just one constructive criticism, please don't just refer to America and American public as your message is global 😀

  6. #healthiswealth #runner #5krun #milerunner #distanceathlete
    Why was I able to overcome runners who had higher VO2 , lactate threshold, and longer limbs than I did as a runner in high school ?

  7. Doesn't a diuretic take water out of your body? When I look up "dehydration" one of the side effects is low blood pressure. When I look up "over hydrated" one of the side effects is high blood pressure. When I look up the Gorilla I read that they hardly drink any water and get less then a half a mile of movement a day. So my question is are we drinking too much and could that be some peoples problem? All the tasty things in the western diet to drink makes one want to drink when they are not even thirsty, when really maybe we should be just taking in fluids when we are truly thirsty especially if we are plant based and don't eat much cooked and are always eating water fortified foods. But in some people who just drink caffeine drinks which works as a diuretic, in their case they may get away with it.

  8. can anyone tell me about fruits & veggies that you buy at the big national chain grocery stores non organic with all the sprays & waxs on the fruit. are they healthy should i be juicing them i am 300lbs and dying from the S.A.D. please help johnny @ 206 714 9393

  9. follow starch based diet (read 'starch solution' by Dr John McDougal). If you follow that diet your bp will drop by at least 20 points in a couple of weeks.

  10. People don't want to know the truth. They want to be told they can eat whatever they want, drink as much as they want, and do as little as possible but still be kept alive by the "miracle" of modern medicine :/.

  11. Recently was in the hospital because I passed out. They measured my blood pressure and it was 100/50. Both sides aren't great.

  12. Please, somebody translate this to Spanish so that I (and anybody fluent in Spanish) can show this video to my family to help them 🙂

  13. My grandparents had high blood pressure, my aunts and uncles had high blood pressure, my parents have high blood pressure, my sister and brother have high blood pressure…I do NOT have high blood pressure. Difference I eat a mostly plant based diet~ Thanks for putting out the information!

  14. Doc i just got checked up I am down from 140 over 90 to 118 over 80 thanks to your work. I owe you, everyone is getting your cook book this christmas

  15. After one week of an almost vegan diet (ate an egg), my doctor took me off my blood pressure meds! I have a huge family history of blood pressure, high cholesterol, and my father and three grandparents died of heart disease. I have never been so happy to change my lifestyle! I've been telling everyone!

  16. I have been eating a plant based diet for over one year now, and I still have high blood pressure that gets into the areas of 155/85. However, when I exercise a lot, my pressure will drop down to 128/70, but I have to exercise really hard to get it down that low, and then it is only temporary. I also have reduced my salt intake, and I am trying to increase potassium by supplementation. Maybe, the extra potassium will help me to get my pressure down to the level of the African Kenyans of 110/60. I am working on it. But, so far I have not reached those levels that Dr. Greger speaks about that should come from eating a whole plant food based diet.

  17. The doctor is right. My older brother was on an anti-HBP pill and when he switched almost completely to a plant based diet he no longer needed the pill (which was very effective but very expensive). He is happier eating plants instead of the pills.

  18. So what causes high blood pressure for people on the plant based diet? I chose this lifestyle to lower my pressure. Six months in and it is still too high. 140/94 on occasion. Trying the hibiscus tea to see if it helps.

  19. even the suggestion of eating meat would make a vegetarians blood pressure go Sky High so it's hardly a fare analysis.

  20. Thank you so much for believing we can handle the truth. When our lives are at stake, people will surprise you with their resolve. Bless you!

  21. I don't think I eat perfectly healthy, and I'm always stressed, but my blood pressure was 110/70. Woot! I must be doing something right. Now if only my cholesterol will lower to a nicer number….

  22. I love these videos, but I have been on a whole food plant based diet for months and am still on my high blood pressure meds. It has recently come down to an average of 120/77 It is an improvement, but nothing like I hear on all videos like these where they have to stop taking BP meds almost over night

  23. I was diagnosed with HBP in my early forties. I am now 53 and have been on medication for about 12 years. Since January 2007 I have lost almost 30 lbs, changed my diet and have been exercising regularly. However, I was still never able to get off my meds. I started a whole foods plant based diet back in March of this year and started cutting my pills in half. My bp was still pretty low. I have now been without medication for almost a month and my bp has been on an average 115/75. I can not believe it. Until I started watching your videos I would have never known that cutting out animal products would do this. I appreciate your passion to spread the word about a Whole Food Plant Based Diet and look forward to hearing more from you. Blessings, Lisa 🙂

  24. There's no real proof for such ultra low ideal pressures. Those are just associations/correlations. I doubt there's much benefit for a non-diabetic healthy person from pressures less than 135/85. If you have good cholesterol levels the benefit becomes even smaller.

  25. When I was pregnant, I ate plenty of meat and salt and still got one bp measurement of 90/47 during second trimester. I was miserable and about to pass out.

  26. My comment might be late but not just the us/pretty all western countries in the world have that issue that no goverment i know really tells them the truth or thinks they can han handle it.. and worse i feel the industry for processed foods pays the goverments to not release the truth to the public unfortunate

  27. I wonder that the African diet had a high level of potassium in the diet? I wish Dr. Greger had given some idea of how low the sodium and potassium levels were in the population. Do anyone know these values?

  28. You are amazing Dr. Greger! It is entirely true that most Americans are incapable of eating healthy, and now we have the undeniable research to show it.

  29. This is what interest me about going plant based. My mother has higher blood pressure and it lead to congestive heart failure.

    She’s not overweight at all, which is a plus but she has a poor diet.

    I’m thinking if do this vegan diet , she follow along with me. I’m not over weight either but high blood pressure seems to run on my family.

    I’m still relatively young but I do believe I’ll suffer the same fate if I don’t act now.

    I don’t know where to start. I’m thinking of doing a 3 day fast with organic veggie broth, and going from there.

    Anyway thanks for the info! 👍🏾

  30. I had hypertension and took medication to maintain it for two years, but I started out this blood pressure level plan “yumkum shocking guide” that I found on G00GLE recently. During my next visit to the clinic, the doctor said I did not need to take medicine mainly because my blood pressure lessened normal again.

  31. After 3 weeks of being vegan, my blood pressure dropped form 120/90, to 110/10. and this is WITH adding in salt to my food xD

  32. I eat a whole food plant based diet and my blood pressure went from 110/70 to 103/57. Is that good or bad for me??? I am a 30 y old woman

  33. If you tell the American public the truth they will not believe it. They'll say it's: "a Communist plot", "a New World Order way of controlling our lives", "the 'left'/'right' just trying to take over", "fake news", "a conspiracy to turn everyone into robots", etc. Most people are in their own little worlds and they don't want to be jolted out of their comfort zone. It doesn't matter if you show them facts, it won't matter because it's not "their truth." People will hear what they want to hear, see what they want to see and believe what they want to believe. And there is no way around that.

  34. I ate hole food plant base diet for 4 years and fallow D. M.Greger but my blood pressure very hight …. and before was normal

  35. The people who live the longest are the kalaash valley people in pakistan . They eat lamb,goat ,beef and legumes. However , they cook meat like a stew with vegetables.

  36. I’ve been on a whole food vegan diet for the last 17 months. Overall I like the diet and wouldn’t go back to my omnivore days. However, the one disappointing thing is that my blood pressure is still around the 140/75. I have not been able to reduce my blood pressure medications.

  37. I have very low blood pressure. My doctors over the years have never asked me what I eat. I've been vegetarian for 18 years, on and off. They say it's genetic, but my father and grandfather both had high blood pressure.

  38. I'm so divided on whether high blood pressure is good or bad. High blood pressure can be a good thing to help people lives longer because sometimes the heart have to work harder if the body needs more blood flow through other area of the bodies.

  39. Guys. cleanse your high blood pressure issue inherently doesn't need to be hard (I used to feel it did). I'm going to give you some advice right now. Look for a high blood pressure treatment called Hybetez Remedy (search on google). Thanks to it I have cure my high blood pressure issue inherently . I shouldn't even be speaking about it cause I do not want lots of other guys out there running the same game but whatever. I'm just in a great mood right now so I'll share the wealth haha.

  40. I`ll attest to the effectiveness of the “nο†οvα yuku” (look it up on G00GLE) that handles blood pressure level. I`ve tried other products with minimum results. This is the first one that does what it says. After a couple of weeks, my blood pressure has retained the 145/90 line. Under normal conditions, my BP is now 120/70.

  41. Dr Greger is my hero. I purchased his "How Not To Die Book," and that, along with the China Study, changed my life.

  42. I’m black anyway I’m bound to die from heart attacks, strokes, diabetes or high blood pressure anyway don’t know why I’m watching this

  43. I'm Japanese and recently became a vegan. I called my mom and told her I became a vegan. She said "well, we don't really feed you meat when you are child so shouldn't be difficult".
    Thinking back, I don't remember I ate steak when I was a child. I was so excited my mom cooked chicken deep fried on my birthday. I didn't really liked cheese.
    I grew up with a lot of root vegetables and occasional fish.
    Now, I appreciated that my mom's meals.

  44. What's really amazing is the longest lived group of people in the world eat dairy and eggs. All the blue zone populations other than that eat a low meat diet. The oldest living people through history are either vegetarians or meat eaters. No vegans. The oldest vegan lived to 109. Not bad, but nothing special. The oldest living vegetarian was 117. Even though these figures are for high blood pressure, and it is number 1, they don't account for all diseases. I eat a low meat diet and have normal blood pressure at 68. The reality is that a vegan diet isn't necessary and there will be a huge falloff in people that will stay on it, and also eat a healthy diet getting the necessary supplements. You can be an unhealthy vegan.
    Who, actually, is not telling the truth?

    In the July issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, German researchers tracked 174 apparently healthy people living in Germany and the Netherlands.

    They found that 92% of the vegans they studied — those who ate the strictest vegetarian diet, which shuns all animal products, including milk and eggs — had vitamin B12 deficiency. But two in three people who followed a vegetarian diet that included milk and eggs as their only animal foods also were deficient. Only 5% of those who consumed meats had vitamin B12 deficiency.

  45. For those of you out there who eat plant based but still have problems with HBP: Try Brisk walking (30 minutes 6 days/week build up to it to avoid injury), use Nu-salt which has no sodium instead of salt, take nutritional supplements proven to reduce BP. Reversing Hypertension by Julian Whittaker gives a list of supplements to use for HBP. Worked wonders for me.

  46. What is the effect of cannabis on blood pressure? I am a whole food vegan but my bloddpressure is 144/75 HeartRate 50. I wonder if it's cause of all the weed i smoke. My Sys Blood pressure is way too high and it worries me and I'm trying to fix it. Taking out salt didn't seem to do it. Quitting weed will be hard, does it raise blood pressure when smoked?

  47. I had a BP consistently above 150/90. Seven weeks into a whole food plant based diet I'm getting some readings as low as 129/79. It needs to go lower, but holy smokes, this is so effective. Plants do what meds cannot. I'm losing weight too – slowly and sustainably. I love being vegan. So much resistance from the people around me though.

  48. I'm a japanese and we eat fish, eggs and pork twice a week but we live longer than most the world population..i would think eating balance diet and whole grains is key for longevity…my grand parents and relatives never had a heart problems nor HB pressure as far i can remember… I don't intent to triggered my vegan friends but i just don't agree with the whole idea that eating strictly whole plant based diet without any kind animal protien/product will make live longer…

  49. The plant-based diet seriously saved my life 12 years ago. I felt so bad I thought I would die soon. BP was about 160-190/90-120. After just 2 weeks it dropped to 120-130/75-85. Then in 2 months it became stable 110-115/70-75. I occasinally found an article with explanation why it may happen – "You just eat the wrong food, wake up!". I just did it and I won! It was a great feeling of salvation!

  50. Thank you Dr. Greger…for your careful research and your courage. I'm 71…have been on a wfpb program for over two years. Recently got off all meds for hbp, in fact for everything. And oh yes:recently went to my eye doc because I could no longer see out of my glasses. He told me that this was because my eyes…. (wait for it)….got better!!!!!!!!
    Sincere gratitude …..I bless you and your team every day.

  51. meat isnt bad… cheap and processed bad meats combined with sugars and refined carbs mixed together is whats bad

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  53. I’m in the process of changing to a whole plant based . There’s no way I’m gonna move to rural China !

  54. I've been vegan for 6 months. Other than that no changes. Went from 130 over 90 to yesterday at my local drugstore 99 over 66. Just sayin'…..

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  58. For over 10 years while on a high carb low fat diet I was being treated for high BP. Since switching to a High fat no carb Keto/Carnivore diet 12 months ago my BP is usually around 110/68 @ 60 years old. I have also cured IBS (you can shove your fibre), Reflux, Hay fever and I am now Pre-diabetic instead of full diabetic. For the first time in 40 years I have a BMI under 25. II have unlimited energy and amazing mental clarity. I run 5K 10k and HM all fully fasted on OMAD and I am achieving my fastest ever times. I eat once a day without hunger in between and eat like a king without counting calories.
    People are amazed that I am nearly 61 I am told I look around 50 tops yet I cannot find a plant based person that looks younger than there age they all look malnourished.

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