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Blood Pressure Meds Could Raise Your Depression Risk

Research published in the journal Hypertension found that people taking one of two classes of drugs, known beta blockers or calcium channel antagonists, had twice the risk of being admitted into the hospital with a mood disorder, such as severe depression.

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

It is not clear what the mechanism of increased depression might be for the calcium channel blockers and the beta blockers, but it is known that beta blockers increase insulin resistance and calcium channel blockers could also alter synapic transmission in the brain. However, high-dose fish oil is also effective in reducing blood pressure and major depression, so that would be an appropriate nutritional adjustment to help lower blood pressure thereby reducing the amount of these front-line drugs that are currently used to treat hypertension.

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