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    Default Re: who has hypertension raise your hand

    Several years ago, when I lived the LOC lifestyle with very little carbs, ever, all of my labs and stats were great! Now, not so much....
    Let's hope my BP starts to head back to a normal range along with my vital stats!

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    Blood pressure problems from the time I was 25, and am now 39. However, I am not confident (hopeful, yes) that the diet will lower my BP, as I was rather thin when I was first diagnosed. We will see...
    I am on 3 meds right now, Exforage, Altace and a diuretic. (forget the name, pretty common one) I am hopeful I can switch to a less extreme regimen!

    Danielle


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    Did have, but look at the figures in my siggy.
    Atkins didn't say 'Calories don't count',
    he said, 'Don't count calories.'

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    Hi everyone... I am a HBP sufferer myself. I have been doing a lot of research on it along with my chiropractor.. he is also a biochemist so he knows the workings of the body! He gave me a blood test along with the rest of my family and we all have a gene that causes us to have HBP. My parents are both thin and my brother and I are heavy (so there may not necessarily always be a correlation between weight and HBP!) We are all on some sort of BP Medicine (my father and brother both on it since their 20's!!). My chiropractor has had us taking Arginine (an amino acid). It is found in the body naturally, but for those of us with the genetic predisposition, we do not utilize it properly. The arginine we take also has a folic acid in it (or folate) which helps the body relax the arteries so that blood can flow more freely. It is often prescribed for patients after a heart attack. Please, look it up on the internet and see the great things it can do. Also, pair it up with fish oil caplets.. they also help relax arteries. My dad is completely off his meds for the first time in almost 40 years. He does monitor his pressure daily with an Omron machine. It's worth looking into.. I am not off meds yet, but have got it under control so that i take mine every other day!
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    It's important to go see your doctor every now and then for blood work and regular BP checks, on Atkins or not. There is no substitute for a yearly checkup. Dieting may help but it is not always the answer. Just be concerned about your health.

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    Hi Everyone, I'm new to the forum but thought I'd give you my own experiences with the diet and what it has meant with me and my blood pressure/cholesterol issues. I went on atkins during high school when my weight was at an all time high at 16 yrs old and I was hypertensive (I am a male, 5'9" weighed 210 lbs, but got down to 145 lbs on the diet), thus I lost a substantial amount of weight. My blood pressure was 170/100 when I was 16 considering I was also inactive, but nevertheless, I have been on medication ever since (at first atenolol for about 5 years then it got switched to lisinopril/HCTZ after I had this bout of tachycardia [long story]). Oddly, at the time, when I lost weight and was actually skinny my blood pressure was still just as high if not higher which baffled my physician (high bp just runs in my family).

    To make a long story short, I kept the weight off for about a year and a half, but when I was 18 I ended up gaining the weight back over time because I attended an undergraduate private college in which I lived on campus and had an unlimited meal plan. Also peer pressure to eat similar foods as my friends had taken over so I fully admitted fault in not sticking with the diet. I ended gaining most of the weight back and had stayed relatively heavy for my height, between 185-195, but in July after being married for a couple years I got back up to an all time high again of 210 (I'm currently 27) and when my physician did a cholesterol check, my cholesterol was terrible (overall was 260 I believe). Thus, I was told I really needed to lose weight and if not then I would be on a cholesterol medication if it is high on the next check (which is this february). Even with medications my blood pressure has continued to be a bit high due to my inactivity (140/90 with a medium dosage of lisinopril/hctz). That check was an eye opener as I am a Ph.D. student and the last thing I need is a heart attack so I went back on Atkins ever since August, and I am now down to a healthy 154 (with exercise as well, I would walk sometimes up to 5 miles/day) and this time around my blood pressure is pretty stable/good (120/70) so I'm hoping my cholesterol is decent this time around (I'll update everyone in February). I see my physician in January so he'll be pretty shocked at my weight loss but probably apprehensive considering I have lost before and gained it back. This time though, I feel fully committed to the diet and adhering (no carb cravings in the slightest despite my partner eating terribly unhealthy because of a metabolism of steel). Anyhow, I've had my struggles with blood pressure and cholesterol but I'm hoping I can get off medications (blood pressure) and will not need to be put on a cholesterol medication. Anyone else younger on the board that has had blood pressure problems since being a teenager? My worries surround the effects that I have put on my heart and whether I did any damage (I haven't seen a cardiologist since I was a teenager considering they thought it was an issue unrelated to my weight after I lost). Also has anyone continued to have blood pressure problems despite losing the weight? I'm thinking if I keep it off long enough then naturally my blood pressure and cholesterol will fall, but who knows.

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    I have been having blood pressure problems, but I find that as I lose weight the bp goes down. Also, LC makes it go down, as well as exercise. If I can commit to exercising daily, fairly intensely I can knock my points way down. I have gone from 128/80 to 106/64 just from 1hr of exercise which will last me pretty much the rest of the day! I also know that when I was doing Atkins back 10 years ago, my BP was around 104/64 and that was WITHOUT exercise. Just clean eating and getting my weight below 200lbs.

    I'm 252 now and struggling. Just had my BP meds UPPED last Friday because of 2 months of screwing around, eating nothing but crap and not exercising. I hate being on these drugs BECAUSE they make me feel horrible, I hate the dizzy feeling you get, and when I am working out it gets worse because of the dips in BP plus BP meds just doesn't seem good. So THIS is my incentive to get the weight off.

    In the past year I've been on beta blockers which made me feel like I was going to die, and now I am on Lisinopril which is a lot better. I still get a really WEIRD sticking sensation in my chest sometimes but at least I can go to sleep at night without feeling like i am going to die in my sleep. haha High BP has caused me to have some bad anxieties. I'm constantly checking it, even have a journal I keep just because it is so unpredictable. I really would like to get it down to where I don't need to be on them.

    Oh and Jhall you sound kind of like me. I don't know about my Cholesterol yet but I assume its not good. I'll find out in another week. Its all a head game. You get to feeling great, and then forget about how bad those old foods are for you, and you think oh a little can't hurt. A little then turns into all the time. Its very frustrating. When I lose a lot of weight, I almost feel invincible. It's a danger zone.

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