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Sister on psuedo Paleo diet, EXTREMELY high BP

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Created July 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM

I got my sister to start paleo (or very close to it) 2 months ago. She was 5'3, 209 lbs. She had a bad case of IBS her entire life and was prediabetic. Now she is 175 and no longer has IBS symptoms unless she eats something non paleo like rice or a wrap.

Her BP was already very high before Paleo and she was on BP meds and continues to be on them, but the doctors have upped her dosage. Her BP is tracked daily and has gotten as as 215/135. She has had a few fainting spells and has horrible headaches.

Her diet while on paleo consists of skipping breakfast, grilled chicken, tomatos, onions, french dressing, brocolli, sweet potatoes, a few eggs a week, chicken wrap from mcdonals once a week (and then debilitating IBS), shrimp, asparagus, bananas and strawberries on occasion, steak a couple times a week (not grass fed), rice maybe once a week. No extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil. Protein on a daily basis.

I think I have a very good idea as to what the problem is but I wanted to see if anyone else could help me out. She is 28 with 3 kids and the doctors keep wanting to up her dosage of the BP medication.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!!

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

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on August 02, 2012
at 02:12 PM

no drugs either

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:59 PM

She doesn't consume caffeine. I'll tell her to start working out but I really think the issue is more than that.

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:58 PM

I'll tell her to add plantains, thanks!

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:58 PM

She is only on on BP medication. She does not consume licorice. I will find out the exact medication and comment again. My BP also increased with Paleo, although everything else got better. I'm wondering if it is genetic? I told her to increase fat, potassium and magnesium. I also told her to start doing cardio and strength training.

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:57 PM

She consumes no caffeine

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on July 28, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Thirded on the caffeine, will make your BP numbers elevate. Also the inflammation response off the grains in the wraps and rice... That's a complete failure in terms of eliminating the offending immune triggering proteins from grains. You trigger the immune system with lectins in the gut, you're going to have systemic inflammation.

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on July 28, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Seconded on the caffeine. I never had high BP but when going Paleo initially caffeine in the form of black coffee and tea was my staple. My BP was slightly elevated until I weened off the go-go juice.

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on July 28, 2012
at 07:08 PM

Yeah this is a good example of the Faileo Diet. For sure.

She could be allergic to something she's eating-that can raise BP.

It's hard to tell with any kind of specificity bc the diet sucks, and with 3 kids I guess there's a lot of stress.

Not to mention the pharmaceutical. That adds in another variable.

Fix the diet-a lot more fat and protein, less fruit and more vegetables. Cut out the rice and the "wraps" and all that other non-food.

Does she consume caffeine? While it doesn't effect everyone negatively, it kept my BP elevated so I ditched it.

Da51943abcc3acd29440fe001c29a6a4

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on July 28, 2012
at 07:13 PM

Seconded on the caffeine. I never had high BP but when going Paleo initially caffeine in the form of black coffee and tea was my staple. My BP was slightly elevated until I weened off the go-go juice.

1f91fa5584b27c2c7fc0cf1f97a386c5

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on July 28, 2012
at 08:02 PM

Thirded on the caffeine, will make your BP numbers elevate. Also the inflammation response off the grains in the wraps and rice... That's a complete failure in terms of eliminating the offending immune triggering proteins from grains. You trigger the immune system with lectins in the gut, you're going to have systemic inflammation.

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

(26)

on August 02, 2012
at 01:57 PM

She consumes no caffeine

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on July 28, 2012
at 07:35 PM

See this recent question - there are some very informative answers there. She'll probably need to start a few supplements, as well as make some lifestyle changes.

http://paleohacks.com/questions/137998/best-possible-diet-exercise-and-lifestyle-regime-for-hypertension#axzz21bdPviRo

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on July 28, 2012
at 07:42 PM

Is she on MULTIPLE medications for her BP? It wasn't clear to me if she is on more than one medication. If she is on multiple BP meds and they aren't bringing her BP down especailly after her recent weight loss they should check her for renal artery stenosis. One of the tell tale signs of renal artery stenosis is BP resistant to multiple medications.

Another thought is recreational drugs she may be taking. I'm not saying she is using illegal drugs but there are certainly drugs out there that have that effect on BP.

Also, if her diet includes pure licorice that will elevate BP and often cause resistance to meds.

With a BP that high she is in real danger of a hypertensive crisis. Please make sure she is followed closely and consider changing MDs, a BP that high requires investigation not just more meds.

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

(26)

on August 02, 2012
at 01:58 PM

She is only on on BP medication. She does not consume licorice. I will find out the exact medication and comment again. My BP also increased with Paleo, although everything else got better. I'm wondering if it is genetic? I told her to increase fat, potassium and magnesium. I also told her to start doing cardio and strength training.

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

(26)

on August 02, 2012
at 02:12 PM

no drugs either

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on July 28, 2012
at 08:29 PM

I had a very similar issue. When I added more carbs things stabilized almost immediately. Maybe add more carbs for a while. I know folks don't like rice here...but that is one I added back and it helped a lot.

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:58 PM

I'll tell her to add plantains, thanks!

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on July 28, 2012
at 08:52 PM

"Her BP was already very high before Paleo"

She has a medical condition for god sakes.

High BP BEFORE Paleo, and High BP during Paleo. Meat/fruit/veggies IS paleo. Adding in some white rice or a McDonalds wrap once a week won't blow your BP through the roof. Its something else.

Eliminate all caffeine and get her walking or working out (with the ok of a DR).

9b827e8dd6aa706cf48b2411624cec42

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on August 02, 2012
at 01:59 PM

She doesn't consume caffeine. I'll tell her to start working out but I really think the issue is more than that.

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