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    Hello everyone, I have a question about BP. I have been taking BP meds for high BP for the last 5-6 yrs. I started eating primal 20 days ago. Today I gave blood and the red cross nurse took my bp and it was 102/58. I was shocked! Can the change in diet have that much of an affect so quickly? I know you all aren't doctors but I was wondering if any one else has experienced this? Ultimately I want to rid myself of all my meds if possible. I was just really shocked! I have a physical next week anyway but I'm curious. Thanks, Anthony
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    Yes, it can. You've lowered your insulin levels, and that's what causes high blood pressure, is hyperinsulinemia. Congratulations!
    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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    • #3
      Mine dropped from 170/110 down to 125/78 in a couple months, with no medication. It's definitely possible.
      I began this Primal journey on December 30th, 2009 and in that time I've lost over 125 LBS.

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      • #4
        my partner's dropped as well. her bottom number use to be over 100 at times. now it's normal no medication!
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        • #5
          Yep. Worked for me too
          Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

          Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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          • #6
            Also, if you're eating low carb primal and weren't eating low carb previously, there's an immediate diuretic effect--and that will lower BP, too.

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            • #7
              I was on a "healthy" CW diet before, with good BP of around 120/80. Now, on PB, I am around 106/70. So, for those of us that are already considered in the healthy range, it can get even better.

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              • #8
                I'm down from 198 / 120 to around 145/ 90.

                Blood work and blood sugar all are very good. But I can't seem to get down into a nice safe normal range. The Dr. is thinking of Beta Blockers to act on the fight / flight response.

                As a side note a previous Dr. put me on high blood pressure pills at the age of 24. (30 years ago). After a couple of months I was off them only because I learned to quit worrying about things I can't control.

                I'm open to any suggestions that I may try before taking the BB's.

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                • #9
                  Yup

                  Similar experience here. Bp has always been 135/75. After starting a primal lifestyle, down to 102/68.

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                  • #10
                    Unfortunately I am struggling with my blood pressure. Before going on the primal blueprint my blood pressure was 209/110. I took a blood pressure measurement every single day for the first few months of being on the primal blueprint and I managed to get it below 120/80 for two or three days.

                    Unfortunately I'm back up again. Although not nearly as bad. My last measurement was 140/90. I believe that I might be hyper-sensitive to sodium. I'm really struggling with it, but I'm not taking any medication. I have given up measuring it every day because it is so frustrating not being able to get it down.

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                    • #11
                      Can I just say I'm incredibly impressed by the results that I'm seeing for you guys? Because I am, its astounding to see how much your bp has dropped since going primal.
                      On the other hand, my bp has always been low(90/50 some days). I wonder what will happen with mine? Maybe it will normalize?
                      Calm the f**k down.

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                      • #12
                        Been working wunnerful for me too.
                        They used to call me No Neck, but now I have one.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Grok View Post
                          Unfortunately I am struggling with my blood pressure. Before going on the primal blueprint my blood pressure was 209/110. I took a blood pressure measurement every single day for the first few months of being on the primal blueprint and I managed to get it below 120/80 for two or three days.

                          Unfortunately I'm back up again. Although not nearly as bad. My last measurement was 140/90. I believe that I might be hyper-sensitive to sodium. I'm really struggling with it, but I'm not taking any medication. I have given up measuring it every day because it is so frustrating not being able to get it down.
                          Good progress. How much canned food do you eat?

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lojasmo View Post
                            Good progress. How much canned food do you eat?
                            Only canned tuna or sardines. I do tend to snack a lot however. I will always go for food which I don't have to cook because I'm lazy, I hate cooking, I'm no good at cooking, and I don't know how to cook, and the food I cook tastes bad. I like snacking on Lara Bars and Greek yogurt. Had some olives last week, until I noticed that 1 single olive has tons of sodium. I eat out at least once a week, but I try to be as primal as possible. I will also buy a cooked chicken or pre-seasoned meat at the store because I don't know how to do it myself. I've also stopped with the grain fed meat because it's way too expensive. And I never eat organic fruits/vegetables. Also way too expensive.
                            Last edited by Grok; 08-21-2010, 10:54 PM.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Grok View Post
                              Only canned tuna or sardines. I do tend to snack a lot however. I will always go for food which I don't have to cook because I'm lazy, I hate cooking, I'm no good at cooking, and I don't know how to cook, and the food I cook tastes bad. I like snacking on Lara Bars and Greek yogurt. Had some olives last week, until I noticed that 1 single olive has tons of sodium. I eat out at least once a week, but I try to be as primal as possible. I will also buy a cooked chicken or pre-seasoned meat at the store because I don't know how to do it myself. I've also stopped with the grain fed meat because it's way too expensive. And I never eat organic fruits/vegetables. Also way too expensive.
                              Up to now I've eaten no canned food. It has been all meat, fresh organic veggies, fruit, eggs, raw nuts, and maybe a little too much dark chocolate, 85% cocoa. We have found ourselves spending the same amount of money weekly on these foods than we were spending on the processed crap. So we are happpy with that. My only complaint right now is that I'm not impressed withy trader joe's veggies, especially their broccoli. Will have to try the local stands and the regular grocery store again for oranic. I don't mind cooking so that helps me.
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