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Old 07-07-2014, 12:05 AM   #1
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no improvement in blood pressure

I've been lowcarbing over two months now. I was really hoping to see some improvement in my blood pressure, but so far it's the same.

Has anyone else had an improvement in their blood pressure while lowcarbing? how long did it take before you saw an improvement?
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:14 AM   #2
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How much weight have you lost? In my experience, it's the loss of weight rather than just eating low carb that lowers BP.
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Old 07-07-2014, 07:22 AM   #3
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Low carbing for a year and losing over 90 lbs. didn't affect my blood pressure. I am now on a calcium channel blocker for another condition and my blood pressure is usually (not always) in the normal range with this medication.
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Old 07-07-2014, 01:22 PM   #4
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I've lost about 25 lbs.
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Old 07-07-2014, 02:12 PM   #5
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I'm not sure how much you want to lose, but my weight loss didn't really affect my BP until I'd lost about 100 lbs. I never had really 'high' BP, but it was borderline 'worrisome,' and I hoped it would go down with weight loss. It did, but not all that much. I mean it's in the ideal range now (120/70), but it was only about 140/85 when I was my heaviest.

If your BP is rising for other reasons than weight, the loss won't really help.

At the time my BP was 'worrisome,' my primary doctor gave me a Rx for a diuretic because he said that for women with moderately high BP, studies showed that a diuretic was effective. Apparently hormonal shifts cause water retention in women that can elevate BP. That was great because BP meds are very powerful, and it was nice to try the diuretic. It worked, so if you want to do something now, you might ask your doctor about this.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:39 AM   #6
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I took over a year to bring my blood pressure down to normal. I was at ideal weight for about 6 months before it began to drop. Once it dropped it did not rise again and it has been 4 years since I stopped medication.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:37 AM   #7
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I've been thin my entire life (currently at 108 lbs), have exercised consistently, watch my diet, and I have high blood pressure that can only be controlled with meds. Genetics.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:55 AM   #8
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what really improved my blood pressure was alternate day fasting (JUDDD)--and eating more veggies/less meat and cheese. Dropped 40 pts.
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Old 07-09-2014, 01:45 AM   #9
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high bp does run in my family. My granny had it and she was a tiny woman. I have a lot of weight left to lose. I hope it improves with continued loss from a low carb diet.
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Old 07-13-2014, 10:01 AM   #10
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We have a cheap Walgreens wrist blood pressure monitor and the 1st week on my WOE my BP was 173/113. Scary!!

I tried again when i just passed the 100lbs mark and my BP was 130/87. I switched to decaf after this point.

Yesterday i tried and my medium (4 tries) was 106/85.

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Old 07-19-2014, 02:13 PM   #11
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I'd give it at least 6 months or even a year before concluding whether the diet is improving it or not.

2 months is such a short time... what you were eating back then is still impacting your health more than what you are eating today. The changes are more long-term than short-term
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