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    Happy today. I introduced my sister to primal. She's jumped on board, and now her blood pressure is down into normal range after last year doctor threatened she was close to needed medication. Yay.

    It has worked for me as well, though mine was not as high as hers it was still borderline.
    Annie Ups the Ante
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

  • #2
    Awesome!
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    • #3
      Congratulations! My blood pressure dropped from 130/90 down to 105/75 within a couple of months. I've been Paleo/Primal for almost a year now and have never felt better.
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      • #4
        Fascinating- I wonder what it is about Primal that lowers blood pressure?
        High Weight: 225
        Weight at start of Primal: 189
        Current Weight: 174
        Goal Weight: 130

        Primal Start Date: 11/26/2012

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        • #5
          I think it's the less sugar and grains, leading to less inflammation in the body.


          Whatever it is, it works better than exercise alone. I started exercising before I started eating primally and it made no difference to blood pressure at ALL.
          Annie Ups the Ante
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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          • #6
            Going Primal brought my Dad down from decades of scary high BP (e.g. 160-170 range) to measuring consistently at 115/65. And he did this in his 80s!

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            • #7
              well done Annie - you are a Kiwi inspriation. I love reading about your meals - so yummy.
              Send our congratulations to your sister
              G x
              "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

              ...small steps....

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              • #8
                Yeah, I went from 160/100 to 110/80 in a year. I think it's primarily going lower carb and lower salt meaning less water (even though I liberally salt all my food now and never did before).
                Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

                Griff's cholesterol primer
                5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
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                TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
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                • #9
                  I was taking two medications for blood pressure last march and 240lbs at 5'11" with BP of 130/80. After three months I had lost 16lbs and the BP had dropped into the normal range. I contacted my doctor and asked which med I should stop. At six months I had lost about 35lbs and the BP was again in the normal range so I stopped the other BP med too. It's now steady at about 110/75. I also stopped taking statins. Lastly, I had late onset asthma and used a steroid inhaler twice a day. I decided to stop using the device in the new year and have not gone back to it.

                  It's obvious that the weight loss brought my blood pressure down. However, I put the asthma going away down to what I eat and how I exercise nowadays. I shall have a blood test this month to see how my cholesterol is doing after being Primal Lite for a year.
                  Why use a sledge hammer to crack a nut when a steam roller is even more effective, and, is fun to drive.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Nigel View Post
                    I was taking two medications for blood pressure last march and 240lbs at 5'11" with BP of 130/80. After three months I had lost 16lbs and the BP had dropped into the normal range. I contacted my doctor and asked which med I should stop. At six months I had lost about 35lbs and the BP was again in the normal range so I stopped the other BP med too. It's now steady at about 110/75. I also stopped taking statins. Lastly, I had late onset asthma and used a steroid inhaler twice a day. I decided to stop using the device in the new year and have not gone back to it.

                    It's obvious that the weight loss brought my blood pressure down. However, I put the asthma going away down to what I eat and how I exercise nowadays. I shall have a blood test this month to see how my cholesterol is doing after being Primal Lite for a year.
                    Its exciting to see your success! Congrats.
                    Recent Blog: http://www.peakperformanceradio.net/...y-john-saville

                    https://www.facebook.com/PaleoJourne...?ref=bookmarks

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Nigel View Post
                      I was taking two medications for blood pressure last march and 240lbs at 5'11" with BP of 130/80. After three months I had lost 16lbs and the BP had dropped into the normal range. I contacted my doctor and asked which med I should stop. At six months I had lost about 35lbs and the BP was again in the normal range so I stopped the other BP med too. It's now steady at about 110/75. I also stopped taking statins. Lastly, I had late onset asthma and used a steroid inhaler twice a day. I decided to stop using the device in the new year and have not gone back to it.

                      It's obvious that the weight loss brought my blood pressure down. However, I put the asthma going away down to what I eat and how I exercise nowadays. I shall have a blood test this month to see how my cholesterol is doing after being Primal Lite for a year.
                      Man, I can't believe you were on medication with BP at 130/80. I thought 120/80 was regarded as normal with the lower figure more important. At that rate yours would barely be elevated at all. Mine was up to 140/90 for years and my doctor never expressed much concern at all.

                      Nevertheless, congrats on all your health improvements, well done!
                      Annie Ups the Ante
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                        Yeah, I went from 160/100 to 110/80 in a year. I think it's primarily going lower carb and lower salt meaning less water (even though I liberally salt all my food now and never did before).
                        Actually MM its interesting that I also literally sprinkle everything with salt. And my BP has come down from 150/110 to about 120ish/70ish.
                        I wonder if there is alot MORE sodium in processed food than stated ???????
                        "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                        ...small steps....

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                        • #13
                          Congrats on the lower BP readings everybody! The less meds we have to take, the better as far as I'm concerned.

                          Even with vigorous exercise (cardio/gym 4 days a week) and a perfect weight my BP stayed high necessitating 2 BP meds since about 1989. When I went Primal, as soon as I dumped the sugar and all grains, my BP dropped to where it was almost too low. Off all those meds now and I'm 69 years old!

                          I think the exercise and optimal weight play a factor, but at least for me, nothing really happened until I dumped the sugar and all grains/legumes.

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                          • #14
                            I developed high blood pressure just before delivering my fourth child last October. It got as high as about 190/115 at the hospital...VERY scary. I spent the next several months on different medications, but it wasn't until I went primal about 2 months ago that my blood pressure went down suddenly and dramatically. Within only a matter of a couple of days, I was able to stop my medication, and since then I've been getting readings as low as 107/63.

                            I know my blood pressure issues were related to pregnancy hormones so it probably would have gradually come down, but the change in diet really seemed to make a huge difference. I've lost only around 8 pounds (I was at an average weight to begin with), so for me it wasn't tied to weight loss so much as the change in eating. And interestingly, I was eating fairly healthfully before...except for wheat. I was eating wheat all day long (bread, bagels, Sun Chips, cookies, etc.). As soon as I stopped eating all gluten, my blood pressure plummeted.

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                            • #15
                              The doc took me of almost all my medication (still taking 2 of the original 7) 6 months ago... I started Primal 5 weeks ago... Tuesday I'll have my check up... I can't wait to see the results... I really hope my BP got low enough to stay off the meds...
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