Retirement and depression can cause people with hypertension to stop taking their medication.
Some people with high blood pressure eventually just give up on their medications and not because they’re trying a natural clinical treatment like RESPeRATE, the DASH diet, or some other new therapy either.
A group of researchers looked into the little explored phenomena that perhaps common life transitions influence medication adherence among patients. They hit the nail on the head by choosing to examine retirement as a possible factor. The study involved 3468 retired patients with high blood pressure who were around 61 years of age and 75 percent of the total were women. Between 1994 and 2011, researchers followed them for three years before they retired and four years after they retired. Poor adherence was determined by how many prescriptions were filled.
They found that after retirement, hypertensive men and women reduced their adherence to medication. Several reasons could be the perception that poor health will reduce with retirement, loss of a familiar daily routine, or the transition from workplace to nonworkplace health care.
They concluded that randomized controlled trials now need to determine whether interventions to reduce poor adherence after retirement could improve clinical outcomes of treatments for hypertension.
Other research has found that depression can cause declining adherence to medication. A study of 496 patients from northeast U.S. being treated for hypertension, found that increased depression severity was significantly associated with less compliance. Most of the participants were around 65 years of age and retired. The study authors said that if confirmed in future studies, their findings could explain the higher cardiovascular morbidity and mortality that have been repeatedly observed in depressed patients. It could also mean that clinicians should pay more attention to depressed patients regarding their adherence to treatment and, that increased efforts to detect and treat depression may have additional health benefits due to better blood pressure control.
Interestingly, the Alaskan government issued the following statistics to encourage retired citizens to take their meds for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, or osteoporosis to better manage their condition:
An estimated 50 percent of patients do not comply with the treatment their doctor prescribes. This group is responsible for:
- 10-25 percent of all hospital and nursing home admissions, resulting in 340 deaths per day
- Three times as many doctor visits and $2,000 annually for each patient who does not follow treatment plans as opposed to those who do
- 33- 69 percent of all medication-related hospital admissions in the United States at a cost of more than $100 billion annually
The costs involved are $290 billion dollars annually in increased medical costs with $100 billion resulting from medication-related hospitalizations.
Given all of the above and returning to the start of this article, 89% of people with high blood pressure using the RESPeRATE device, have managed to gain full control their condition naturally and without side effects!