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Old 04-05-2005, 12:05 PM   #1
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Low Blood Pressure/Low Carb Diet

41 yr old woman.I have been on a low carb diet for 6 months, losing 62 pds, with another 28 pds to go. A couple months ago, I had some chest pains and thought it was my heart. I went to the hospital where they took tests and the diagnosis was low potassium, with a prescription to raise it up. I have been getting very lightheaded and tired lately so I checked my blood pressure. I am usually in the 100-120/60-80 range but yesterday I was 84/46. Anyone else with these symptoms on a low carb diet? I haven't called my doctor yet and would like to raise it naturally.

Old 04-05-2005, 12:59 PM   #2
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Re: Low Blood Pressure/Low Carb Diet

My present BP situation, described in a thread posted today (VERY low diastolic) came about when I changed my diet to low-carb almost ten years ago. I lost almost 50 lbs. and have kept most of it off. Before that, I never had low diastolic readings.


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Old 04-05-2005, 01:04 PM   #3
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Re: Low Blood Pressure/Low Carb Diet

Rapid weight loss can really screw up your body, especially your heart. I think you should talk with your doctor about your diet plan, how long you have been on it, and what it is doing to you.

Old 04-05-2005, 04:55 PM   #4
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Re: Low Blood Pressure/Low Carb Diet


try something salty tonight like a can of soup or a bag of potato chips (or BOTH) and see if your BP isn't up some tomorrow.
It sounds like dehydration to me.

Old 04-05-2005, 06:27 PM   #5
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Re: Low Blood Pressure/Low Carb Diet

Sounds like dehydration to me too. The low carb diet may have tendency if you
don't drink a lot of water as part of it. Another idea: caffeine.

Old 04-05-2005, 08:25 PM   #6
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Re: Low Blood Pressure/Low Carb Diet

Thanks everyone for your replys. I have tried to drink 1-2 cups of water every hour or two today, and I have a lobster base that I make broth out of that is loaded with salt, that I had with my supper. I usually have alot of water during the day anyway to help with my diet, and I'm a coffee nut, so I usually have 2-4 cups a day, plus a cup of decaf tea in the evening. I will be checking my BP tomorrow, and I'm hoping this has helped. I've fallen down twice today from being dizzy and /or getting up too quickly. Even now, lifting my head to view what I'm writing makes me feel lightheaded. I'll let you know tomorrow what it is.

Old 04-06-2005, 07:47 AM   #7
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Re: Low Blood Pressure/Low Carb Diet

Do you have seasonal allergies, or have you had a head cold recently? Being dizzy can result from an inner ear infection.

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