Originally Posted by stephenA
My heart rate is around 50 sometimes even less, and my BP ranges from 140/90 to 160/100. 2 days ago I purchased a digital omron pb device and almost every time i have taken my bp, its is actually disturbingly high.
The first thing that I would want to rule out is Insulin Resistance, or pre-diabetes. This is an easy one to check. Go on a low carb, low sugar, reasonable-serving-size, low-glycemic
diet for a few days and check the impact it has on your blood pressure.
Not overweight in the slightest, dont smoke and i work out every day when Im home.
The important issue is not the weight, but how well your body handles carbs. You can be very skinny and still suffer from high blood pressure, heart rhythm problems, fatigue, etc., all due to a diet too high on the glycemic index.
I do however have a very stressful but extremely exciting job of being a recording artist who tours the world 10 months out of the year. |
I'm pretty conflicted right now. Really, really not wanting to believe I might have to start taking heart meds. But it is obvious at this point that i do have high bp.
Most high blood pressure medications come with side effects. They can put you in a fog, sap your energy, make you tired, etc., all things that could significantly effect your creativity and your career.
On the other hand, high blood pressure, over time, can significantly damage your health and also significantly effect your creativity and your career.
So...... if you can bring your blood pressure down to acceptable levels, naturally, it would be much better for you. If not, you would need to find a mediation with minimal side effects.
If you do decide to modify your diet, try foods with a low glycemic index and a low glycemic load. After a few days, if there is absolutely no lowering effect on your blood pressure, ditch the diet. During the diet, take your blood pressure three times each day, once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening, if you can.