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High blood pressure.....

(13 Posts)
Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Thu 23-Jun-11 14:20:51

anyone got any dietary tips to get this down..

I don't smoke, drink or add salt to food...

I don't eat processed food with hidden salt...

Are there foods which can help lower bp or am i confusing with cholesterol, or is this linked.

All my research is bringing up "eat 5 a day" etc etc and i already eat around 10-15....

What else can i do?

Oh i am exercising daily too...and have lost 15 kgs....

Are there types of people who just have high bp? I don't want to end up of medication for the rest of my life.....

Elibean Thu 23-Jun-11 16:47:40

Yes, there are types of people who just have high BP, can be genetic. I have slightly high BP, and am on the lowest possible dose of medication: I was upset when I started, but am now absolutely fine about it and far less worried about my BP, which is a bonus!
You are doing all you can try eating lots of porridge (oats meant to help), and am sure you can google other lower-your-bp-diets, but at the end of the day some people are just going to have higher BP than others due to structural or genetic factors.
Well done with the exercise - and keep going!

2old2beamum Thu 23-Jun-11 17:07:32

agree with Elibean, I have had raised BP since my 20's and am on various drugs and was upset at first, and I am certain it is genetic. Have been on drugs for over 30years and have now got low BP. One thing my GP suggested was to buy my own machine as I am sure I have got "white coat syndrome"
Well done to lose so much weight.XX

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Thu 23-Jun-11 20:02:24

Thanks ladies, i thinki justhave to try and reduce my stress levels.

I am stressed about being stressed this week.

I am eating porridge eeryday now too.

Yes i have a mache at home as i really do get white coat hypertension, if that's the correct term.

You have made the drugs sound a little less scary too, so i am not as worried for the future.

strawberryjelly Thu 23-Jun-11 20:04:22

beetroor has been proven- drink juice, eat it, or use in soup.

Also - anythiing that contains soluble fibre- all fruits and veg and oats.

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Thu 23-Jun-11 20:10:54

Ohsadit's the only food i cannot stomach....

Does the juice taste like beet, or can it be disguised. smile..?

strawberryjelly Thu 23-Jun-11 20:11:50

don't know! sorry.

Elibean Fri 24-Jun-11 18:47:25

Ooh, I like beetroot, will try that smile

Binfull, the meds are honestly not scary. I take a small capsule every night when I get into bed (best time for me to remember), and think no more about it. BP has been rock steady 120/70 or less ever since. I have no side effects at all (unless you count slightly sore boobs, as apparently it interacts with the other medication I take - Zantac - which is for something else altogether.).

Northernlurker Fri 24-Jun-11 18:58:08

If you've made significant lifestyle changes and your BP isn't responding then tbh I would embrace medication. Untreated high BP is a risk factor for a number of conditions that really will put a big crimp in your life. Lifestyle changes can make a lot of difference but if you've done all you can with that then go for the drugs!

IncoStress Fri 24-Jun-11 19:07:58

Hello, re your high blood pressure, are you pregnant? always had high BP? just had a baby?
Reason I ask, high blood pressure in pregnant women can be an indication of a condition called pre-eclampsia which is dangerous for you and the baby if not treated.
Please also go see if you have sugar (ketons) in your urine.
I can't help with diets to lower BP, but I do know melons and celery are natural diuretics which can bring down extra fluid and if the fluid is reduce may reduce the BP.
In any case I do urge you to speak to your doctor about it.

HarrietJones Fri 24-Jun-11 20:28:25

Hi, I had a v similar thread last week. I have high BP on & off( off in pregnancy hmm). apart from I'm struggling with the exercise bit ( unable to do much due to SPD) you could be me!

I'm wanting to avoid meds as long as possible as I can't take any that are compatible with bf.

Binfullofmaggotsonthe45 Fri 24-Jun-11 21:26:31

Thanks for the tips, i am monitoring my bp 3 times a day for a month and then back to the gp with the results.

No i am not pregnant.

My doctor told me that even losing another 10 kilos may not make a diff so if meds are the way then that's what i will do....bp still 158/101 today (sad) even though i am off work relaxing at home.

Elibean Fri 24-Jun-11 22:47:35

Ah Binful, really, honestly, its a nightmare monitoring BP that much and worrying about it - I'm sure it raises it still higher. Mine was a bit lower than yours (especially the bottom figure, top one sometimes higher - I was very stressed at the time) before I started meds, and frankly I am 200% less worried about it all now than I was. Your post takes me back!
Good for you for the weight loss - even if it doesn't drop your BP enough, it can only help your overall health (assuming you're not underweight, of course!).
Then if you need meds, you can just breathe a sigh of relief that you've done all you can and that, thankfully, modern medicine means that people no longer need to die early because of genetically high BP smile

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