Alcohol Is As Much A Problem As Weight
I'm thin at 5' 11" 150. I had a good time over the Thanksgiving Weekend with my g/f & my band. Usually my B/P is around 116/71 at 8:30 A.M. on average. After 5 days of having 3-5 drinks a day is was 128/75 on the 1st reading. By the 3rd reading it was 121/72, but still higher than my normal average. I am going back to only drinking 2 beers on the weekend & that is it. It is terrible at 34 to have to always watch this, but for me that is what causes more anxiety, which in turn causes my B/P to rise. On the weekends it can be as low as 106/56 on Lotrel & Atenolol (can't wait to get off of this med.).
Weight loss can be controlled imo. Unless you have hyothyroid or a disease that prevents you from losing weight, I don't think that it is that diffucult. It's funny how they never list alcohol as one of the main culprits for HBP, but it is. My advice on keeping a healthy weight. My G/F is 23, but she is 5' 9" 115, so I will keep it simple.
1) Eat less calories
3) Don't drink more than a glass of wine or so a night (I don't drink at all 99% of the time during the week)
4) Don't eat sweets & drink lots of water.... no soda with sugar.
I have lived by this my entire life. When I was married at 26, my weight went up to 170. I ignored these principals.
Well it's the 1st day back at work & I feel kind of lousy from the last 5 days. Had a great time, but my B/P suffered as a result.
In addition, I won't take my B/P again for another week or two. I am done with that obsession.
The meds that I take like Atenolol make me lose my appetite anyway. I also feel like junk on B/P meds. Guess that everyone is different, but I believe that alcohol plays a signifigant role in B/P.