Political turmoil could be behind blood pressure rise

Most of us remember when our blood pressure was close to normal, or at least at a level that warranted no medication or just a slight change in our lifestyle. Of course since that time, new health guidelines now show that half of U.S. adults are plagued with high blood pressure. The newer, lowered threshold just added another 30 million Americans to those with the condition.
It is suggested most of us need a healthier lifestyle and not more medication to meet the new recommended 130 over 80 guideline. Heck, I didn’t meet the old 140 over 90 on a regular basis even with limited medication. Now I am expected to change my lifestyle at my age?
I am relieved that pharmaceutical companies didn’t conduct the study on the new guidelines, but I am somewhat flustered about the suggested lifestyle changes. The way I see it, blood pressure for most of us could be lowered if we could calm our political situations back in Washington D.C. and remedy the senseless killings throughout our nation.
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An elementary school teacher requested as a class assignment her students draw pictures of their parents. As the sketches came across the teacher’s desk, one drawing stood out.
On one little girl’s sketch of her parents, instead of showing the faces of a smiling mom and dad she had superposed their faces with smartphone images.
There’s a message here that’s telling us maybe we all are spending too much time talking on our smartphones instead of taking time to have more warm, face-to-face family conversations.
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When on a road trip the urge to drive faster seems to be relative to the closer you get to home, and a road trip also reminds you the shortest distance between two points is under construction.
 After a 1,600 mile round trip that included driving through major city traffic in Texas and Oklahoma, I now appreciate our small town congestion at the stoplights at the intersection of highways 14 and 34.
Dallas and Oklahoma City have perpetual 1-35 road construction that has thus far covered at least 15 years and shows no sign of stopping. I believe during a 20-mile stretch in Dallas I counted four junction interchange towers under construction.
I must qualify my counting because I was keeping my eye on the detoured road ahead and my white knuckles on the steering wheel.
RL Furse  is publisher emeritus of the News-Register

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