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Posted by: worried | 2012/01/24

about my husband

Hallo dr. ek is regtig raadop. My man ly aan hoe bloeddruk. hy was sowat 3jaar terug in hosptiaal vir 2 weke oor hierdie bloeddruk probleem. Wel intussen het hy nog glad nie ''''n effort gemaak om gewig te verloor nie, en sy dieet aan te pas nie. Ons het intussen getrek na ''''n kompleks. So hy kry ook nie eers meer daardie bietjie oefening in om Saterdae gras te sny nie. My ma het by ons gebly en is sowat 8maande terug oorlede. Van daar af gaan dinge net NOG meer erger. Hy drink meer en is depressief. Hy snork my uit die kamer en ek lees dat as iemand op sy sy le en steeds snork kan dit ly tot hartaanval of beroete. Hy was nou vir die 2de keer by ons "  nuwe"  dr. Lyk my die dr is nie veel gepla nie, ek het al gebel en gesmeek hy moet strenger met my man wees en dieet voorskryf. neewat al wat hy 2weke terug gedoen het is om voorskrif te herhaal en sê  sy cholestrol is bietjie hoog. ek dink nr. 8. Dit maak my my rasend van bekommernis. Wat kan ek doen. Is daar dalk ''''n link waar ek vir hom die nagevolge kan gaan uitprint. hoe gaan ek hom kry om terapeut/sielkundige te gaan sien oor sy depressie. Ek voel hy is ''''n walking time-bomb. Net kwessie van tyd. My hart is so seer ons he ''''n klein kind. Dankie vir u tyd

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High blood pressure is indeed a serious health problem which includes a range of unpleasant risks. I think part of the problem is that in itself, it doesn't hurt. If it caused severe pain, people would be far more eager to take advice, lose weight and do anything else to stop the pain. But when we're asked to do things we don't enjoy ( like exercise ) and stop doing things we do like ( such as eating our favourite foods ) - to prevent something which might happen in the future, many people choose not to follow the advice.
And they don't see it as being like refusing to make savings of money so as to protect their future freedom. Yet that is what it's like.
If, for whatever reason, he is depressed, this can be helped by treatment, both with medication and CBT type counselling - and indeed exercise would help it, too. Drinking is bad for him all round, bad for his heart health, and for the depression - alcohol is a depressive.
What a pity he isn't even half as worried about his health as you are. Sadly, many doctors, especially GPs, say they can't afford to get involved in diet and exercise advice, and stick to writing prescriptions, and indeed that's how the daft payment system of medical aids and state health, encourages them to be.
Elsewhere within Health24 you should, if you search, find material on hypertension and its risks and management, and a google search will find you even more such material.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2012/01/24

High blood pressure is indeed a serious health problem which includes a range of unpleasant risks. I think part of the problem is that in itself, it doesn't hurt. If it caused severe pain, people would be far more eager to take advice, lose weight and do anything else to stop the pain. But when we're asked to do things we don't enjoy ( like exercise ) and stop doing things we do like ( such as eating our favourite foods ) - to prevent something which might happen in the future, many people choose not to follow the advice.
And they don't see it as being like refusing to make savings of money so as to protect their future freedom. Yet that is what it's like.
If, for whatever reason, he is depressed, this can be helped by treatment, both with medication and CBT type counselling - and indeed exercise would help it, too. Drinking is bad for him all round, bad for his heart health, and for the depression - alcohol is a depressive.
What a pity he isn't even half as worried about his health as you are. Sadly, many doctors, especially GPs, say they can't afford to get involved in diet and exercise advice, and stick to writing prescriptions, and indeed that's how the daft payment system of medical aids and state health, encourages them to be.
Elsewhere within Health24 you should, if you search, find material on hypertension and its risks and management, and a google search will find you even more such material.

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