Today’s topic is for anyone who:
- is concerned about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
- is over the age of 45 and especially 70 or you know someone.
- has high blood sugar levels and/or diabetes.
- most importantly, you have high blood pressure or are taking hypertension drugs.
And I bring all of this up because my 90-year-old aunt, my mom’s sister, was just given a prescription drug for high blood pressure which can actually make COVID-19 STRONGER if she was to get it and most certainly cause her massive illness.
I spoke to her doctor and of course, he argued with me. To make a long story short, I put her on natural herbal blood pressure-lowering products and her levels have improved in just 2 weeks.
And I have the details below and I’ll tell you more about all of this.
Risk Factors for COVID-19
In one of my previous Coronavirus articles, I stated how the majority of deaths for COVID-19, were of people who were already ill, to begin with.
Cancer, lung and kidney problems, heart disease, and the two biggest problems, diabetes, and hypertension.
In fact, high blood pressure seems to be one of the biggest “drivers” of COVID-19 – more than any other health problem.
And, this is also aligned with why COVID-19 affects more of the older crowd, people over the age of 45, and more specifically, over the age of 70 — like my own parents.
And guess what, the older you get, the higher the blood pressure tends to be.
And a primary reason for this is just the negative changes in your hormones, due to aging.
I’ll get into more specifics about hormones, aging, and high blood pressure in a bit.
High Blood Pressure and COVID-19
However, getting back to the Coronavirus and high blood pressure.
So, why is high blood pressure such a big issue as it relates to COVID-19?
And more so, why is taking certain blood pressure medications, actually making the coronavirus “stronger” and thus, potentially making you sicker and even causing death?
Hence, why earlier I told my aunt to NOT take her hypertension drug. I don’t want to increase her risks.
Well, the most recent research shows that COVID-19 can bind to a specific protein on human cells called angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE2).
I’m going to oversimplify this so it makes sense for all of us, especially ME.
Basically, COVID-19 gets in your body, hangs out with ACE2, and starts to do some damage, specifically at your lungs, intestine, kidney, and blood vessels.
Now, get this, ACE2 expression is “upregulated” and made stronger with people taking certain blood pressure, ACE inhibitor drugs.
What is also interesting is that ibuprofen also increases ACE2 expression. Remember, we don’t want that.
This is why scientists tell people to take Acetaminophen such as Tylenol and NOT ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin if you’re concerned that you may have COVID-19.
These drugs are basically allowing the coronavirus to get stronger and do more damage.
Just as the ACE inhibitor, hypertension drugs such as lisinopril (Qbrelis, Prinivil, Zestril) and losartan also increase (or upregulate) the ACE2 receptors.
So, let me summarize everything again and then give you some options, especially if you’re concerned about high blood pressure, blood sugar, and diabetes.
- The coronavirus can get into your body, but it may not do much harm.
- However, in the people that it does the most harm, are those who are already unhealthy and ill, to begin with.
- And the two worst health issues are for those who are diabetic and #1 is people who have high blood pressure.
- Taking hypertension, ACE inhibitor drug makes the coronavirus stronger.
- Taking Ibuprofen, such as Advil or Motrin similarly makes COVID-19 stronger.
So what are the solutions?
This is the time to put even more effort into getting healthier by losing weight and eating less bad carbs and sugars. This will help improve your blood sugar levels.
If you need to take pain medication, take acetaminophen (Tylenol) and NOT ibuprofen.
You must improve your blood pressure. Remember, people with high blood pressure get the most amount of damage with COVID-19.
If you’re currently taking an ACE inhibitor drug, ask your doctor if you can switch to a different class of drugs.
Which, unfortunately, I can guarantee your doctor will NOT do. This is what I just had to deal with for my aunt.
Or do what my own family and I do, improve your blood pressure naturally with specific vitamins, herbs, and amino acids.
Here’s the link to the different solutions my family and I use, including one that my dad has used for years.
Of course, I’m not giving you any medical advice – please speak to your doctor before you do anything.
In the meantime, continue to stay healthy and positive, wash your hands, and get good sleep to boost your immune system.
Fastest & Easiest Solution For
Improving Your Blood Pressure Levels
So there are lots of ways for lowering your blood pressure and improving hypertension – diet and exercise being the two important factors. Unfortunately, they take time and most people are either NOT patient or need faster results, with less effort…
This is the exact problem I ran into with my own dad. Because of this, I needed to find a simple, easy and fast solution for improving his blood pressure levels in less than 30 days, without the use of harmful prescription drugs or following a restrictive diet.
If this is something you’re also interested in, you can easily copy this “perfect formula”, implement it and start seeing and feeling results within days…
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