1

votes

Paleo Diet Causing an Increase in Blood Pressure

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 09, 2011 at 1:26 AM

I've been eating strict paleo for about 45 days (no grains, dairy, legumes or sweeteners) and over that time, instead of "dropping like a stone," I've measured a steady increase of my blood pressure. I'm thinking this way of eating might actually be detrimental to my health. Is anyone aware of any studies that support contraindications for a paleo diet?

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on February 10, 2011
at 02:30 AM

This looks interesting but something I'll run past my doc first. Thanks!

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on February 10, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Eva, here's a few more details. I'm of healthy weight and about 8% body fat. Prior to eating paleo, my BP was around 120/65 with a resting pulse around 45. Since eating paleo, it's gone to about 130/70-ish with a resting pulse of 55.

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on February 10, 2011
at 02:12 AM

Jay, no dairy at all. Also, this brings up a good point. Isn't one of the ideas of paleo the fact that there really is no such thing as too much fat? (Good Calories, Bad Calories) Trying to get my calories up, I was advised to eat fattier cuts of meat.

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on February 10, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Thanks, RPS. My sodium has actually gone done (by about 50% at least) since I've cut out all processed foods since I started eating paleo.

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on February 09, 2011
at 02:12 AM

This is fine as long as the OP isn't on ACE inhibitors (BP meds like lisinopril, enalapril, Vasotec, etc), which can increase potassium (hyperkalemia) in the system, and can even be fatal if K levels get too high. People on ACE inhibitors are advised against using salt substitutes because of the high K, as well as high-K foods (including potatoes) and sodium free club soda, which also using potassium compounds instead of sodium.

82166cc32b6cf26de33b69f58fb583b1

on February 09, 2011
at 02:12 AM

What is your blood pressure? Has it climbed to unhealthy levels, or is it merely higher but still normal?

Medium avatar

(39831)

on February 09, 2011
at 01:56 AM

You're right, he's probably allergic to food and must eat neolithic food-like substitutes instead. He probably has a gluten deficiency coupled with an unhealthy lack of HFCS and PUFAs. This question is sending a bad message to newcomers.

Aebee51dc2b93b209980a89fa4a70c1e

(1982)

on February 09, 2011
at 01:51 AM

Paul asked a real question. I think this snarky response is unnecessary and sends a bad message to newcomers here.

  • 26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

    asked by

    (503)
  • Views
    8.3K
  • Last Activity
    1286D AGO
Frontpage book

Get FREE instant access to our Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!

8 Answers

1
06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on February 09, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Richard has a case history on blood pressure elevation at Free the Animal similiar to your story.

http://freetheanimal.com/2009/09/hows-your-blood-pressure.html

The cure was potassium supplement to get the sodium/potassium balance in line.

E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on February 09, 2011
at 02:12 AM

This is fine as long as the OP isn't on ACE inhibitors (BP meds like lisinopril, enalapril, Vasotec, etc), which can increase potassium (hyperkalemia) in the system, and can even be fatal if K levels get too high. People on ACE inhibitors are advised against using salt substitutes because of the high K, as well as high-K foods (including potatoes) and sodium free club soda, which also using potassium compounds instead of sodium.

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on February 10, 2011
at 02:30 AM

This looks interesting but something I'll run past my doc first. Thanks!

0
7767e05a8c4504f6be03f13ee40815cd

(1299)

on February 09, 2011
at 05:24 AM

Cutting out cheese and upping my fatty meat intake seems to help my blood pressure. I'm still experimenting, though. Seems that diet and nervousness can each alter it by a huge margin. Play around with your diet - nutrition tracking software like CRON-o-Meter can be a help.

0
62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on February 09, 2011
at 04:19 AM

I'd go to fitday.com and type in your food intake for a few days or so and see if you are missing or low on any specific nutrients. Just in case.

But on another track, my mother found her blood pressure overall went down after a few weeks of paleo, but how it went down was that the systolic (when heart is beating) number, which is bigger number, was either about the same or up a few points. WHile her diasystolic number (between beats) went down a considerable amount. PLus her heart beats per minute when down quite a bit. Also, she felt great and had a ton of energy. We suspect what happened was her heart was beating a lot harder at each beat, but because each beat was more vigorous, her heart did not need to beat as often. Of course, we could be totally wrong but it makes sense to us. We did not worry because all numbers were still in safe ranges and she felt great.

Personally, I don't think any one number can be an adequate predictor of health. You have to look at the bigger picture and as many clues as you can. Since the questioner here did not give many details other than 'it went up,' it would be hard for us to really understand the overall situation.

One situation may be that if on very low carb, your body might not be well adapted and eating a bit more healthy carb might help. But without knowing all the other health details, again, it's hard to say.

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on February 10, 2011
at 02:19 AM

Eva, here's a few more details. I'm of healthy weight and about 8% body fat. Prior to eating paleo, my BP was around 120/65 with a resting pulse around 45. Since eating paleo, it's gone to about 130/70-ish with a resting pulse of 55.

0
Ac1e55cf06c2180f4008ff01953d10dd

on February 09, 2011
at 02:36 AM

It is possible that you have increased your intake of sodium, if you are having lots of bacon, mayonnaise or using other sodium containing foods. A certain number of people (that includes me!) are salt sensitive: our blood pressure increases if we increase our consumption of sodium. You could try to reduce your sodium intake (no bacon, much less salt in the meat, etc) and increase your potassium intake through supplements or vegetable consumption: those two actions should definitely help with your bp.

0
4781cf8ae1bfcb558dfb056af17bea94

(4359)

on February 09, 2011
at 02:20 AM

What is strict paleo to you?

If it means that you're drinking pints of grass-fed heavy cream, you're rising blood pressure may be due to vasoconstriction caused by too much fat -- in particular, too much CLA.

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on February 10, 2011
at 02:12 AM

Jay, no dairy at all. Also, this brings up a good point. Isn't one of the ideas of paleo the fact that there really is no such thing as too much fat? (Good Calories, Bad Calories) Trying to get my calories up, I was advised to eat fattier cuts of meat.

0
E7be2ce38158357f5dacae07b43d1b29

on February 09, 2011
at 02:07 AM

I'd look at your salt intake and see if that's increased when you changed your diet. This can make a HUGE change in BP. When my mother was in the ER for a serious episode with gallstones, her BP was dropping rapidly and all they did was give her saline to bring it up, and it was immediate.

I'm a serious believer that there is no one diet that is right for everyone, and I think it's very good that you're being self aware. I'd continue to avoid grains but maybe look at upping veggie intake. My .02 cents.

26f1c6e9fbecc4ac6948f8f395979a81

(503)

on February 10, 2011
at 02:08 AM

Thanks, RPS. My sodium has actually gone done (by about 50% at least) since I've cut out all processed foods since I started eating paleo.

0
Bd2a62ba649e43a5d609b4a0d83d00cb

(30)

on February 09, 2011
at 01:59 AM

I am on bp meds but being on paleo for the past 30 days my bp is right on target. Assuming each case is unique.

-3
Medium avatar

on February 09, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Yeah, maybe a 44 oz coca-cola and a loaf of bread will straighten you out.

Medium avatar

(39831)

on February 09, 2011
at 01:56 AM

You're right, he's probably allergic to food and must eat neolithic food-like substitutes instead. He probably has a gluten deficiency coupled with an unhealthy lack of HFCS and PUFAs. This question is sending a bad message to newcomers.

Aebee51dc2b93b209980a89fa4a70c1e

(1982)

on February 09, 2011
at 01:51 AM

Paul asked a real question. I think this snarky response is unnecessary and sends a bad message to newcomers here.

Answer Question


Get FREE instant access to our
Paleo For Beginners Guide & 15 FREE Recipes!