More is not always good, especially when it comes to taking medications to control blood pressure.
In fact, it can result in some serious complications as proven by a study conducted at the Yale School of Medicine and published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
We have known for some time that blood pressure drugs have devastating side effects, but this new find is possibly the most shocking (and worrying of them all).
Blood pressure medications increase the risk of serious injuries by 30-40 percent in the elderly due to accidental falling caused by dizziness and vertigo.
The team of researchers collected data on around 5,000 people over 70, who suffered from high blood pressure. From those, 14 percent did not take any medications to control their blood pressure, 55 percent took a moderate amount of medication, while 31 percent took several medications to control blood pressure.
The study spanned over three years, and over this period 446 patients suffered serious injuries like hip fractures or head injuries. It was found that those who took medications for controlling blood pressure were at a higher risk.
Falls in the elderly account for 10 percent of all emergency hospital visits, 6 percent of which result in hospitalization. Decline in activities, restricted movement and a need for a placement in nursing homes all result from falls and serious injuries.