When you’ve got arthritis, getting up in the morning can be excruciating.
In fact, it can be so bad that instead of making a beeline for the coffee pot, your first stop may even be the medicine cabinet.
And if you’re like millions of other people suffering with arthritis or other forms of chronic pain, you probably don’t think twice about popping an ibuprofen. When in fact, almost all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are not as harmless as you may think.
According to a new study, you might want to toss those drugs in the bin instead of down your throat because they can raise your blood pressure enough to up your heart disease and stroke risk.
For the study, published in the European Heart Journal, a group of patients with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, who also had symptoms of heart disease or were at risk for it, took ibuprofen three times a day.
And after just four months the patients saw their “top” number (systolic blood pressure) shoot up by nearly 4 points.
Now, that may not seem like a big increase… until you consider the fact that each two-point “bump” in blood pressure raises your chance of dying from heart disease by 7 per cent.
And every time your blood pressure goes up by two points, your risk of dying from a stroke increases by 10 per cent!
So, if you’ve got chronic pain from arthritis or another condition, don’t make ibuprofen or other NSAIDs part of your daily routine. Previous studies have shown that taking them can increase your risk of cardiac arrest… damage your kidneys and liver… and even cause your heart cells to die.
Instead, try some natural ways to ease your pain. I sometimes recommend a topical homeopathic remedy with an arnica base – since you can put it right on top of the spot that aches rather than waiting for it to cycle through your digestive system and find the spot that hurts.
You might also want to ask your doc about a medical food called Limbrel, which studies have shown is equally as effective in preventing arthritis pain as NSAIDs… but with a fraction (if any) of the side effects.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Do NSAIDs Boost Blood Pressure in Arthritic Patients? newsmax.com/Health/Health-News/NSAIDs-boost-blood-pressure/2017/08/31/id/810872/
Ibuprofen associated with blood pressure rise in arthritis patients at cardiovascular risk (PRECISION-ABPM), escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/ibuprofen-associated-with-blood-pressure-rise-in-arthritis-patients-at-cardiovascular-risk