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Good explanation of blood pressure, but dietary advice too basic
on 13 March 2014
The first part of this book explains at a high level how our cardiovascular system works, what high blood pressure actually is and what effects it can have. It also explains why a blood pressure reading comprises two figures, and what they mean. I found this part of the book extremely helpful and informative.
The book then explains the different drugs available to manage high blood pressure but, because this book was written about 14 years ago, I expect a lot of this section is out of date.
The book then gives some dietary advice to help manage high blood pressure. I found this so basic to be patronising; e.g. avoid fatty food & alchohol, get more exercise. It does list some foods that are good or bad, which is useful, although the lists are too short to be of much use and items are presumably popular in the US but mean nothing in the UK.
I didn't bother with the 30 day diet plan, which sets out specific foods you should eat for all meals for the 30 day period. Given the previous section I didn't have much faith in it and I was really looking for information about what foods to increase or reduce in my current diet rather than following a prescribed diet for a month, which would probably teach me very little and not help me once the 30 day period ended.
Overall I would say that the explanation of blood pressure at the start of this book was really useful, but the rest of the book was of very little value.