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Old 03-01-2021, 03:25 PM
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I have high BP---Have had problems with it for over 45 years. I am 6 ft. 180 lbs 76 years old. I am on 3 different meds. I am quite active. Most here will say SEE YOUR DOCTOR. I really don't want another med and that is what he will do...I don't eat sweets-some carbs. My wife passed on 10-29-2018---I am a bad cook. Soups and just about everything is loaded with salt..I drink beet juice and pure apple cider vinegar with water. Some bacon...any ideas?????????????? I will see my Doc I like him and he is good, but he will put me on med number 4.....I do 300 jumping jacks per day here in the winter as I can only do so much outside here in Michigan.....
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Old 03-01-2021, 03:39 PM
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my mom has always been on 2-3 high bp meds, all the salts no good, i feel for ya on the cooking its gota be tough and sorry to hear that..

as far as a doctor goes are you talking your general practice guy or are you seeing a top cardiologist?? you really need the opinion of a top guy in your area on the meds if you have not so far

good luck!
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Old 03-01-2021, 04:39 PM
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As you know the salt is the problem. If you are taking a diuretic already you need to get healthy meals from somewhere, or learn to cook. I went through being a widower and it took some time to get a reasonably healthy diet in my routine. Not to say I am fit or trim, but my important numbers are good. Salt is one of the toughest things for me as well. Good luck. Bob
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Just a thought.

I had high BP for a while, then BP so low that I came close to passing out if I stood up. The problem was that, between my family doctor and a cardiologist, I was on too many BP meds. Cardiologist finally took me off all but two and reduced the dosage of those. My BP settled down and stays in in control.

Medicating BP is a game of experiments and you need a doc who is good at experimenting.
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Old 03-01-2021, 06:45 PM
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Just a thought.

I had high BP for a while, then BP so low that I came close to passing out if I stood up. The problem was that, between my family doctor and a cardiologist, I was on too many BP meds. Cardiologist finally took me off all but two and reduced the dosage of those. My BP settled down and stays in in control.

Medicating BP is a game of experiments and you need a doc who is good at experimenting.
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:43 PM
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Lenray, you are obviously no stranger to hypertension and to stress. You mention the passing of your wife. If you don't mind asking, has there been any change in the pattern of your blood pressure since her passing. I can't imagine losing my wife and I am truly sorry for your loss. As a foot doc, I obviously do not treat hypertension but I have been in practice for over 40 years and have had many conversations with patients about their general systemic health conditions. Hypertension, diabetes, thyroid, kidney disease are common topics when screening patients for other pathologies. I think the comment earlier about just who is helping you regulate this blood pressure is crucial. I practice about one hour southeast of Chicago and have had many testimonies from patients who have told me about their experiences of going into a larger clinical environment, like the University of Chicago or Northwestern and found the team approach, with the right hand knowing what the left hand is doing, was foundational in managing their metabolic disease. I see a large number of patients with gout and for the really difficult patients, I have found our local renal specialist to be the best at tweaking kidney function, resulting in helping our patients with gout. Take a step back and review your team of advisors. Be transparent with your family physician and share your thoughts, both good and ones of concern and lay the cards on the table. By your height and weight, it appears you have managed your weight well and you need a team to coach you through this hypertension to the best of their abilities. I do not know what part of Michigan you reside but maybe you are within driving distance of a university hospital setting where the team approach is more common. Again, I would not discount the value of who has been helping you but it never hurts to get a fresh set of eyes and ears to see and hear your concerns. God bless you...
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Old 03-01-2021, 07:52 PM
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I hear you with the Med thing. I turned 65 last Sept. I was diagnosed with high BP almost 10 yrs ago. The original med made me so sleepy I could only take it at bedtime. So I asked to be put on something else, and he complied and now take Lisinopril, which is better for me. High BP runs in my mothers family, along with Type 2 diabetes which came on last year.

We are all getting older, and nobody beats father time. But I work everyday, do alot of walking for the job and plenty of fresh air, even during the winter here in WI. The numbers fluctuate but I have resigned myself to the fact that they are going to do just that. You sound like you are getting your exercise and that will keep you young, so to speak. My father had his health issues and died at 69 from cancer, his brother just died of a heart attack at 68 2 yrs ago. Before he died my father reminded me that living a good life is better than living a long bad one.

You can learn to cook, I did, and do all of the cooking, my wife does the dishes. I learned by trial and error. I watch some of the cooking channels for tips and try to do different recipes all the time. A great tip I learned several years ago was to not use salt but rather use Lawry's salt free all Purpose or Mrs Dash's instead. If I can offer a suggestion, cook slower!!! Guy's have a tendency to cook to fast at too hi a temp. I have also thrown out all my old pots and pans and got GOOD stuff and of course my Lodge cast iron. When you try something, READ the recipe, don't try and over think it. You can cook, it's in you, and spices are your friend.
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I have high BP---Have had problems with it for over 45 years. I am 6 ft. 180 lbs 76 years old. I am on 3 different meds. I am quite active. Most here will say SEE YOUR DOCTOR. I really don't want another med and that is what he will do...I don't eat sweets-some carbs. My wife passed on 10-29-2018---I am a bad cook. Soups and just about everything is loaded with salt..I drink beet juice and pure apple cider vinegar with water. Some bacon...any ideas?????????????? I will see my Doc I like him and he is good, but he will put me on med number 4.....I do 300 jumping jacks per day here in the winter as I can only do so much outside here in Michigan.....
High blood pressure and just about all medical conditions have underlying symptoms. Most doctors have been taught to treat with drugs but its well known today that drugs mask symptoms over time loose efficacy requiring more meds that bring on new symptoms that need additional meds to treat and we get sicker and sicker. The long term effects are bad and need attention.

There is new cutting edge medicine been around for many years and proven that most all issues can be fixed with food. I have studied this stuff for a long time.

https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/06/19/podcast-hc15/ This was from Dr. Mark Hymans site

Dr. Hyman https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/06/19/podcast-hc15

Dr Furhrman is also in the same area he is a certified cardiologist also and he gets to the same point a different way https://www.drfuhrman.com/health-con...blood-pressure

They will both teach you Hyman with Proteins and fats and Furhman with plant based.

They both reversed diabetes and heart disease with ease.


Check them out. The also both teach you how to cook and/or have food delivery products and anyone can microwave or heat up. These guys are real not just internet sales BS I have spoken to both of them over the years and they both publish excellent books.

I was headed for high blood sugar and high triglycerides and of course my doctor wanted to wrie me prescriptions. I said no, consulted them and now they are fine, I control them. When Im bad they act up when I'm good they are normal.
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Iíd look at your diet. I know you said you donít like to cook but there are meal plans that make it easier.

We went KETO back in august. All my lab work (including BP) are now in range.
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There are a lot of meal services that will deliver a weeks worth of prepackaged healthy meals for you to reheat. If you're near a Whole Foods you can go to the deli and get a weeks worth of food and reheat what you want for each meal. Turkey meatloaf, chicken scallopini, lean cuts of beef, green beans, pasta salad with smoked chicken. It's all very healthy and pretty tasty. They say fish is very heart healthy. I just discovered Flott Soild Tuna in olive oil in a jar. It's delicious! Also pickled herring, although it might be high in sodium. Hope you find what works for you.
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