In the Media – 7 Surprising causes of high blood pressure (

Published: January 10, 2015 | Last Updated: January 10, 2015 By | 4 Replies Continue Reading


In this post on, health writer Sheryl Kraft explains some of the more surprising causes of high blood pressure. She cites one study that found a correlation between high blood pressure and loneliness and quotes The Friendship Doctor:

Conversely, when you’re with close friends and have social supports you can depend on, you tend to feel more relaxed,” says friendship expert Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., who is also a professor of psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine. “Set aside time for friendships, but recognize that not all of them last forever. That’s why it’s important to cultivate new friendships, too,” she says.

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  1. lottie says:

    Thanks Irene,

    Glad you had a laugh.

    Two weeks ago I felt so sad and dreadfully depressed I thought I could never reply to anything again,until I read about the senior lady who is so down and lonely. It made me realise how lucky I am.

    Just to make you smile again two weeks before Christmas one of our receptionists from the docs rang and summoned me in to see the practise nurse to have my blood pressure checked. She checked and announced that it was normal to which I replied “well it should be I take the tablets”. She wasn’t amused and weighted me telling me to loose 1 stone in three weeks. It wouldn’t be so bad had she been slim but she needs to loose three stones. We live in a small village in the UK, it is not the norm over here. Love the people on this site.Ha Ha Lottie

  2. lottie says:

    Blood pressure. Try and get an appointment and then parking space at our doctors, that will send mine sky high.Lottie

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