I’m a physician and cardiovascular anesthesiologist.  I read today about concerns about two blood pressure medicines – one of which may cause a “modest” increase in cancer, and the other in patients with type 2 diabetes suggesting increased risk for cardiovascular death with the drug.

Let me be clear:  it is far better to keep taking your meds if you have high blood pressure, than risk the complications of hypertension (stroke, heart attack, heart failure, impotence, etc)

But… wouldn’t it be better to get off meds altogether?? I was fortunate enough to eventually get off all BP meds (including the kind mentioned above) by losing weight and limiting my salt intake.

Best way to limit salt – avoid prepared foods!


Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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