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Posted by Moon on September 19, 2000 at 14:36:21:

In Reply to: 16 WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE posted by Tim on September 18, 2000 at 22:00:59:

Tim,

At your age, one of the first things that you should probably do is learn as much as you can, about what makes it go up, and what will happen to you if you don't control it. Next I would start reading the packages and food labels to see what the content of sodium is on diferent things. (don't quote me, Im not an expert! --but I believe the internet Heart and Lung Association or something like it, states that the ideal sodium daily intake should not be more than 300 miligrams--ask you doc.) once you figure out what has salt (most prepackaged food has sodium of some type added, cold cuts, canned food, soft drinks, snacks- heck mostly everything!) the trick is know where the salt is. The other thing is cafeine, in coffee, cokes, mountain dew, chocolate, etc. all these have tons of cafeine that seem to make blood pressure go up. And you know, there must be other things that make it go up (other foods, I mean) you just have to see when it goes up, and see what you just ate or did, because what you do and how you feel makes your BP go up and down. There is lots of interesting information about BP on the web ( even something regarding why you have to make sure you have the right amont of potassium in your diet to help the cells eliminate the excess water retained by your body, due to dietary considerations.

As you see someone could go on for hours, and pages about BP. So since you have it, and it runs in the family. It seems like a good time to become an expert on the subject. Thousands of people have it, and don't understand it, yet they control it. So, with the help of your doctor and your expert knowledge, you should be able to control it with medication or changes in your eating habits. Now you know why they call it JUNK FOOD!

Good luck Tim

PS. remembe,r when you become an expert, you will be able to help your doctor help you.
(weight training and supplements/vitamins are High blood pressure suspects, in my book. Ask somebody!)

: I'm five foot ten, 165 lbs, and i have played almost every sport imaginable. I weight train daily, and i don't take any supplements, and my body fat is really low. My bp is now 150 over 100. My grandma died around the age of 40 from high bp, and my mom has a lot of trouble with it as well. My grandpa from my dads side died from heart faliure and had extrememely high bp. I AM READY TO BEAT THIS THING, WHATEVER IT TAKES. ALL MY DOCTOR TOLD ME IS TO CUT DOWN MY SALT INTAKE. BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT FOODS HAVE A LOT OF SALT IN THEM BESIDES PROCESSED FOODS. I STILL EAT HAMBURGERS, FRIES (UNSALTED) AND A LOT OF THE SAME FOODS, CUZ I DON'T KNOW IF THEY ARE BAD FOR HIGH BP. MY DOCTOR SAID THAT IT'S OKAY FOR ME TO EAT FAT, JUST NOT SALT. I'M AFRAID THAT IF I DON'T GET THIS UNDER CONTROL NOW IT'S GOING TO TAKE YEARS OFF OF MY LIFE. PLEASE TELL ME HOW I CAN REDUCE IT WITHOUT DRUGS.

: thank you


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