Our expert says:
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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