Causes of Hypertension

If you want to tackle the problem it helps to know the cause. That’s certainly the case with high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension). The causes of hypertension can be neatly summed up in 5 main categories:

  • poor diet
  • lack of exercise
  • stress
  • age
  • genetics

The first three causes of hypertension can be straightforwardly dealt with, as outlined in this post: How to lower blood pressure naturally. Or to put it succinctly – get moving, eat the good stuff, and learn to relax.

The last two causes of hypertension are a bit more complicated – but can be dealt with too.


Age as a cause of hypertension

Starting with aging. It’s a fact that as we age our circulatory system doesn’t work as good as it used to. Our veins tend to narrow and harden pushing our blood pressure up.

But don’t despair. There are still are range of things you can due to stave off the ravages of time. Simply eating better, exercising and relaxing (see above) can keep you looking and feeling younger than your age, along with your blood pressure levels.causes of hypertension

In particular, eating foods that contain lots of antioxidants can help reverse the effects of aging on your circulatory system. They do this by cleaning out your veins and lowering your blood pressure. Antioxidants are found in many things but especially fresh fruits and vegetables and green tea.

(Vegetables and fruits which are red or blue in colour contain particularly powerful antioxidants which have been shown to help lower blood pressure. So be sure to include some of these.)

So aging can’t be stopped, bet the damaging effects of aging can be slowed down and even reversed in many cases :-).

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Genetic causes of hypertension

The most stubborn cause of hypertension is your genetic makeup. Some families seem to suffer hypertension and some families don’t. I belong to the former camp. Both my parents suffered from high blood pressure and I too am prone to it too.

However I managed to bring my blood pressure down despite my genetic propensity to develop hypertension via the methods outlined above.

Being genetically predisposed to having high blood pressure is not the same as saying you are condemned to it. It just means that you have to work harder at getting it down and keeping it down. It means that people who have no ‘hypertensive genes’ in their genetic make-up can get away with things that you can’t.

To sum up – the causes of hypertension can be dealt with and overcome without needing to be on a daily round of prescription medications. It takes some attention and commitment to life a healthier life but if you make the switch you’ll be happy you did.

A healthy stress-free life is a happy life. 🙂


Lower your blood pressure naturally – whatever the causes of your hypertension

As I’ve said, it’s not difficult to make simple changes in your diet and lifestyle to start lowering your blood pressure. Having a structure to follow can work wonders though – it’s much easier to make the changes you need when you’ve got a clear plan on how to do so. Above all, it’s more realistic and often healthier to make changes in a step-by-step manner.

For this reason, I’ve put together a guide to lowering blood pressure naturally – without needing hypertension medications – which goes through everything you need to know in an easy-to-follow nine-step course.

Given that there are several causes of hypertension, I’ve found that the best way to lower your blood pressure without drugs is to apply a broader approach – covering all causes and cures with natural home-based remedies.

lower your blood pressure naturallyThe guide contains simple and proven strategies for lowering your blood pressure and keeping it low through easy, effective and enjoyable changes in lifestyle.

These progressive steps are based on the principle that positive incremental change is always best in health matters.

Each chapter will take you further along the road of greater vigour and peace of mind (and a healthy blood pressure).

Click on the link below for more information:

Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally Guide


P.S. This guide shows you how to lower your blood pressure permanently and naturally without side-effects or complications.

Follow each step to get your blood pressure back in balance.

Choose between a wide range of delicious foods that reduce your blood pressure. Include a number of mental and physical exercises in your schedule for both relaxation and invigoration.

Following this guide will reduce, and in time, eliminate your need for blood pressure lowering medications.

This is a guide for good healthy living and will be beneficial for all – even if you don’t currently suffer from high blood pressure.

To download a sample of the guide to your computer right now click here and scroll to the bottom of the page for the download link.



  • norman

    To be honest, I bought a set of deep-breathing audio tape but it doesn’t have significant effect on my blood pressure.
    I would says my B.P problem is genetics. I am very conscious with my diet nowadays. infact, i started drinking vegetable juice daily and exercise aerobicly for 20-30 minutes, 3-4 times a week.
    The results is minimal. Previously I am on 10mg of hypertenstion control pills. While having pills, it’s 130/90. When I remove halve of the pills to 5mg, the B.P shoot up to 150/100+. After 6 months of constant diet, exercise, healthy food, is now 140+/90+.


  • The slow breathing relaxing tapes work well in reducing tension and anxiety-based hypertension … but if the causes of your high blood pressure is due to insufficient exercise and/or poor diet its effects won’t be great enough or long-lasting.

    140/90 is on the high side but but not alarmingly so. Best wishes with diet and exercise programme.

  • Thelma

    Hi I would appreciate if you could share tips to lower high blood pressure. . . I also have type 2 Diabetes!

  • Hi Thelma,

    Just browse around our site for more tips on lowering high blood pressure naturally. You can also use the search bar in the top left of the page to search the site for something specific. We have over 150 articles on lowering blood pressure naturally, so plenty to read. You could start with this article about high blood pressure and diabetes:

    Hope this helps!

  • Thelma

    Hi Simon, thank you so much I needed all these information’s very badly for my long time health problems. I do not want taking drugs I want natural way that only needs to discipline my lifestyle!

    I wish you always send updates about high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes solutions.

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