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Old 04-21-2014, 06:46 AM   #1
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Hyopotension- What is normal in ketosis?

I used to have high blood pressure, and have a blood pressure monitor. My husband was curious about his yesterday so we both tested our blood pressure. We were both low, but mine was very low, 84/49.

First, since lower blood pressure is normal in ketosis, what is considered especially low?

Second, I am guessing this is a sign that I should be having more salt?

Are there any real concerns with having low blood pressure?
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Old 04-21-2014, 08:58 AM   #2
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I have always had low blood pressure. I am very overweight, I used to smoke like a chimney and I still had low blood pressure. It would get low and I would even feel lightheaded and have to sit down. It was consistently around 80/40, with dips lower than that. I went to my doctor, whom I loved, and she said they usually don't do anything to treat low blood pressure until you are having severe symptoms, like actually passing out. She was never concerned with my low blood pressure, so I never asked her how low was too low. But it seems that if it was too low, you would be having symptoms. Are you having any lightheadedness or fainting?
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:12 AM   #3
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Yes I have felt faint a few times now, I always attributed it to something else- exercise actually. On Saturdays when I got home from my long workout (about 6 hours) I sat down right after hopping off my bike and when I got up I almost fainted... Like had to brace myself and kind of concerned my husband. It has happened twice and then again yesterday after a shorter workout. I just assumed I had not cooled down properly, but yesterday I also checked my BP just out of curiosity, and then I noticed it was low.

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Then I would make an appointment with your doctor, just so they know what is happening. I don't think it's an emergency or anything, but it would be good to be checked out. Plus, they can probably tell you how low is too low. Also, your body might be adjusting to the lower blood pressure and once it does, you might not feel faint anymore.
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Then I would make an appointment with your doctor, just so they know what is happening. I don't think it's an emergency or anything, but it would be good to be checked out. Plus, they can probably tell you how low is too low. Also, your body might be adjusting to the lower blood pressure and once it does, you might not feel faint anymore.
Thank you so much for your input. It is probably about time to see my dr again anyway
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Let me know how your Dr. appt goes.
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Erica, are you still on meds for hypertension?
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:16 AM   #8
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Erica, are you still on meds for hypertension?
no, I had been managing it by avoiding salt, etc. (so imagine my joy when I got to eat pickles etc. again! )
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Make sure you're drinking enough fluids AND not skimping on salt. Potassium rich foods are helpful, too--avocado has a lot of potassium, as do leafy greens.
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Low blood pressure can be a sign of dehydration, so you should see your Dr. as he can run some lab tests, but if you are working out heavily and sweating hard you are probably dehydrated and need to replenish your electrolytes as well as your fluid as already stated,sodium and potassium.
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I was on two hypertension meds. When I went to my doctor and she saw I'd lost weight AND that my blood pressure was 114/72. "Normal" for me has never been lower than 140/83 ON medication. So she cut out one of the bp meds and my bp did jump up a bit. Go to your doctor!
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I am always low. Drs. in US generally don't see low BP as a problem and won't treat for it, even if you feel faint and all that. I manage mine by standing up slowly and making sure I eat a little more salt than most people. I can generally keep mine up at 90/60 and be okay.
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I had my bp checked last week, and it was 120/80. I've been eating LC for about 8 weeks. I was pleased to see that it was perfectly normal for someone my age, but I was always 90/60 when I was younger, for like, 30 years.

Erica I agree you should just get checked out. I'm sure it's nothing to worry about.
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I used to have high blood pressure, and have a blood pressure monitor. My husband was curious about his yesterday so we both tested our blood pressure. We were both low, but mine was very low, 84/49.

First, since lower blood pressure is normal in ketosis, what is considered especially low?

Second, I am guessing this is a sign that I should be having more salt?

Are there any real concerns with having low blood pressure?
If you are feeling light headed quite a bit, add some salt to your water and drink it. If you feel fine, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Erica - Did you ever see your Dr.? I'm curious what they told you.
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I know that after doing this WOE for several months now, by blood pressure has dropped... but in my case that was a good thing. I used to be like 145/90 and last time I was at the dr it was 128/70 and he was very pleased. Not 100% normal (120/80), but he said it was good.
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Yes I have felt faint a few times now, I always attributed it to something else- exercise actually. On Saturdays when I got home from my long workout (about 6 hours) I sat down right after hopping off my bike and when I got up I almost fainted... Like had to brace myself and kind of concerned my husband. It has happened twice and then again yesterday after a shorter workout. I just assumed I had not cooled down properly, but yesterday I also checked my BP just out of curiosity, and then I noticed it was low.

I would say that you should take more salt and maybe some potassium.
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Yes I have felt faint a few times now, I always attributed it to something else- exercise actually. On Saturdays when I got home from my long workout (about 6 hours) I sat down right after hopping off my bike and when I got up I almost fainted... Like had to brace myself and kind of concerned my husband. It has happened twice and then again yesterday after a shorter workout. I just assumed I had not cooled down properly, but yesterday I also checked my BP just out of curiosity, and then I noticed it was low.
Hi Erica, hope you are feeling better. If this continues, I would see a doctor - if it were me, that is. Could be potassium, salt, B12 deficiency... anything.
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Hi!

I ended up calling and asking what they thought I should do. Since I was not really having other symptoms they said they were not really worried about it and dont really treat it, but to come in if I start feeling dizzy or lightheaded, or if my pulse increases.

I have been monitoring it and getting more salt and I added some additional potassium. It is still low but not as low.
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Hi!

I ended up calling and asking what they thought I should do. Since I was not really having other symptoms they said they were not really worried about it and dont really treat it, but to come in if I start feeling dizzy or lightheaded, or if my pulse increases.

I have been monitoring it and getting more salt and I added some additional potassium. It is still low but not as low.
I am glad you are feeling better. I still get light headed every once in a while and I'm pretty sure it's from low blood pressure. All things considered, it's not the worse problem to have.
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