Nevertheless, congrats on all your health improvements, well done!
Annie Ups the Ante
"never let the truth get in the way of a good story "
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.
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.
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...
My story, My thought....
It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!