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blood pressure keeps rising

Commented on October 08, 2013
Created October 06, 2013 at 1:58 PM

Needing to lose 50+ pounds, I started following a strict paleo/primal eating plan 18 months ago - no nuts, no paleo baked treats, no 80/20 but I do eat full fat cheese occasionally with no digestive issues. I also bought a used exercise bike and a set of resistance tubes which I use daily (can't afford a gym at this time). For the first year, everything was fine. No more brain fog, more energy, better sleep. I didn't need to see my doctor, don't own a scale and had no idea what my weight was during that time, but I experienced a body recomposition that meant a drop of 2 clothing sizes. About 6 months ago, I went to my doctor and found that I had lost only 25 pounds and chalked it up to being 50, female and hormone-free. BUT my blood pressure had elevated, from a normal of 120/70 to 145/90.

My doctor disagrees with a paleo or even a low carb plan, says that it is due to my weight (5'7" 220lb) and alleged high salt intake, and insists I join WW. She has me coming in for weekly BP checks and it has remained stable albeit high. I am in the process of finding another doctor who will be agreeable to a low carb regimen.

I am not sure where I am going wrong as I am eating the correct foods (grass-fed beef, pastured pork, veg at every meal) and exercising. Last week, i started eating 2 cloves of garlic per day as well as take hawthorn and CoQ. It will be a month or so before I see results for those. My doctor doesn't want to learn more, but wants WW receipts next week as well as put me on meds.

Any advice as to why my BP started rising on paleo and what to do about it?

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on October 08, 2013
at 01:04 AM

Just a few tips on using your monitor. First, make sure that you are relaxed, usually sitting for a couple of minutes helps. Second, to ensure accuracy, keep the cuff at heart level. This is most easily done by resting your forearm on, for instance, a kitchen table. Lastly, take your blood pressure at the same time of the day since it normally varies during the day. Good luck to you.

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on October 08, 2013
at 12:49 AM

You might also want to look into more omega 3's. I remember when I was researching beta-blockers that the effect on hypertension was greater when taken with fish oil than without. It seems like magnesium is helpful in this area too.

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on October 06, 2013
at 11:21 PM

I agree, it is just hard for me to get the potassium otherwise and I am a believer in high potassium.

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on October 06, 2013
at 09:29 PM

Haha, true. I'm just sort of anti-v8 compared with real food.

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on October 06, 2013
at 09:07 PM

tough to drink a potato, but seriously you can also eat a spoonful of tomato paste for a big jolt of potassium or use it in cooking.

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:58 PM

V8 juice everyday for potassium sounds sketchy to me. Looks like you would get more from a potato.

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on October 08, 2013
at 12:42 AM

I bought a home monitor with 2 cuffs today. Using the normal size cuff, my BP is high. Using the larger cuff, my BP was 10 points lower. Not low enough for me, but maybe that's been the problem. I'm continuing the garlic, hawthorn and CoQ10. Thanks everyone.

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on October 08, 2013
at 12:49 AM

You might also want to look into more omega 3's. I remember when I was researching beta-blockers that the effect on hypertension was greater when taken with fish oil than without. It seems like magnesium is helpful in this area too.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on October 08, 2013
at 01:04 AM

Just a few tips on using your monitor. First, make sure that you are relaxed, usually sitting for a couple of minutes helps. Second, to ensure accuracy, keep the cuff at heart level. This is most easily done by resting your forearm on, for instance, a kitchen table. Lastly, take your blood pressure at the same time of the day since it normally varies during the day. Good luck to you.

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on October 07, 2013
at 12:06 AM

I also agree that paleo tends to be rather low in sodium, although I don't really know about potassium. I'm always adding salt to my food and my bp is low normal.

My suggestion, however, is to get a blood pressure monitor to use at home. Omron is a good brand and fairly inexpensive. (We tested several brands while I was a pharmacist.) Sometimes bp will rise under stressful situations, in a doctor's office known as white coat syndrome. If this is the case, then home testing will let you know.

Good luck, I hope you find the source of your problem.

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on October 07, 2013
at 12:05 AM

Thanks. My diet is pretty low in sodium - a couple of weeks ago, I put a tsp of salt in a bowl and used that to season my food. It took me a little over 2 days to use up the single tsp. I also use a powdered electrolyte in a liter of water daily. It's not a lot of potassium, but a good amount. I suppose I can choke down a can of V8, although I'd rather just eat tomatoes and I really need to avoid potatoes and bananas - they are sugar triggers for me - but I do supplement with potassium. Maybe I can use more. I am looking at several other doctors this week, DOs instead of MDs, visiting their offices and getting a feel for their practice. I stopped by a compounding pharmacy today and they can do vitamin deficiency testing. That might be the first place to go.

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:47 PM

Start drinking a big glass of low sodium V8 everyday for the potassium. I would also lose the doctor as the next step will be BP lowering meds and you don't really want that. You might have to seek out a Naturopath if you can't find a free thinking MD, which are hard to find. Put your diet through an online food tracker and check to see how you are doing in the vitamin/mineral area. You might be missing some important ones. I had elevating BP and my doctor was itching to put me on meds but I figured out that obviously my weight was an issue and secondly I was taking come chinese meds that had BP elevating herbs in it. So I lost weight and dropped the herbs. My BP is low normal now.

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:58 PM

V8 juice everyday for potassium sounds sketchy to me. Looks like you would get more from a potato.

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on October 06, 2013
at 08:38 PM

It's hard for me to imagine a high salt intake + paleo diet (I have to practically supplement with sodium or I don't get enough.) I do what I consider to be low-carb (in comparison with SAD), but, I didn't feel good on a VLC diet. Bring on the white rice, seaweed, and sweet potatoes.

When you're measuring your BP, is this at home on a regular interval, or at the Dr.'s office?

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on October 06, 2013
at 02:22 PM

dont know much about this topic, first google link is This. mentions that being overweight adds BP, aswell as things like potassium deficiency, high salt intake,stress, lack of excessive, caffeine and ofcourse smoking/drinking.

maybe make potatoes your carb of choice for the potassium and limit salt(if its high) on top of needing salt and potassium the ratio of one to the other is also important(think o6/o3) and working out and avoiding vices like caffeine/alcohol/smoking never hurt anyone.

hope someone else can give you some better information.

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