It is very important to understand the difference between causes and symptoms of disease. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) are all symptoms. They are symptoms of underlying serious health issues. For example, high blood pressure is a symptom of obesity, poor nutrition, unhealthy arteries, stress, ect. On the other hand obesity, poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and stress are all causes of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. To truly become healthy you need to treat the underlying causes and not just the symptoms of disease. Medications tend to treat the symptoms, but not the underlying causes. Taking high blood pressure medication will lower your blood pressure (which is important) but will not cure it. Statin medications will lower your cholesterol, but it goes back up once you stop them. In essence, medication covers up the real underlying issues. The ways to cure high blood pressure include losing weight, improving nutrition, and exercise. Ways to cure high cholesterol include weight loss, eating less saturated fat, eating more fiber, and exercise. Your goal should be a cure. By improving your overall health, less medication becomes necessary. Diabetics can naturally lower blood sugars through weight loss, improved diet and exercise. By lowering blood sugars naturally, less medication is required. Taking medications is very important, but should be thought of as a short term solution (if possible). Discuss curing yourself of your diseases with your personal physician. Never stop or decrease any medication without first discussing with your personal physician. You do not want to increase your risk of a serious event. Have long term goals. Be patient. By slowly improving your lifestyle, you will become healthier as will your arteries, heart and brain. The goal should be a long term “cure”!