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When it comes to blood pressure, lower is not always better for everyone

Especially for frail seniors, it seems.

In this study, frail older adults who kept their systolic blood pressure level over 130 mm Hg had a lower risk of dying over the 8 years of the study than did those seniors who were able to achieve the current standard systolic benchmark of getting under 120 mm Hg.

In other words, for some people (and my great suspicion is that eventually we will find several other classes of people who would also benefit from this conclusion), a slightly higher blood pressure than what the experts are clamoring for you to achieve, is actually a healthier level to aim for.

Why?

Well, of course, as always, we have no idea but it could be that to get to 120 systolic it nearly always means at least 2, often 3 and 4, meds, which could of course lead to other health problems.

Or it could be that too-low BP leads to still undetermined health consequences in vulnerable populations.

Whatever.

Just bear in mind, I think, that if you have to take 3 or 4 meds to achieve a health goal, it may be that you are one of those who (along with your health provider) might be better of by lowering your expectations.