This is fabulous news. To your excellent summary, TooWicky, I wanted to add that, the reason the guidelines (for the over 60 age group) changed is that there is no improvement in outcomes by trying to stay below 140/90 versus 150/90. This was validated through double-blind randomized testing. So - in other words, this is NOT a SUBJECTIVE change in policy.
It means that there really weren't better outcomes by giving medicine to stay below 140 vs 150. In fact, as the AMA stated - it was WORSE to give more medicine to try to do so, because of the side effects of the medicine. Trying to shove yourself 10 points lower did more harm than good.
Very good news for folks like my Mom who have been sweating bullets when they get a little over 140. Instead, she can now focus more on lowering salt in her food and other health practices.
Hit goal on December 14th 2013
Time to lower the goal, I guess!
Last edited by delmarva : 12-20-2013 at 12:56 AM.