Blood pressure is one of the key markers of metabolic health, yet high blood pressure is very common—and the numbers are growing. Moreover, 93 percent of Americans are metabolically unhealthy. In fact, high blood pressure is often called a silent killer as it can lead to conditions such as heart disease, kidney failure, and stroke, and many people don’t even know they have it.
In today’s episode, I talk with Dr. George Papanicolaou and Dr. Cindy Geyer about the seriousness of high blood pressure, the misconceptions around salt intake and blood pressure, what foods and supplements support healthy blood pressure, and overall metabolic health.
Dr. George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is board certified in family medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital. He is also an Institute for Functional Medicine practitioner. Upon graduation from his residency, he joined the Indian Health Service. He worked on the Navajo reservation for four years at the Chinle Comprehensive Medical Facility, where he served as the Outpatient Department Coordinator. In 2000, he founded Cornerstone Family Practice in Rowley, MA. He began training in Functional Medicine through the Institute for Functional Medicine. In 2015, he established Cornerstone Personal Health, a practice dedicated entirely to Functional Medicine. Dr. Papanicolaou joined The UltraWellness Center in 2017.
Dr. Cindy Geyer received her bachelor of science and her doctor of medicine degrees, with honors, from the Ohio State University. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, and is triple board certified in internal medicine, integrative medicine, and lifestyle medicine. She joined The Ultrawellness Center in 2021 after practicing and serving as the medical director at Canyon Ranch for 23 years.
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