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Vegan Hunter wrote:Well, I've got it. High BP, that is. Been on this WOE for a little over a year, and have been doing well.
LauraW wrote:Vegan Hunter wrote:Well, I've got it. High BP, that is. Been on this WOE for a little over a year, and have been doing well.
Wow. I'll be interested to see what kind of advice you get, Vegan Hunter. I didn't think a person could develop hypertension on this type of diet.
Wishing you all the best...
Donna R wrote:you probably know blood pressure is to be taken while you are resting, I read recently you should be resting for 5 minutes. when active of course it will be higher. did you take it in both arms? it's said it shouldn't be more than 10 points difference (upper reading) in each arm. if more there can be another problem.
some find stopping coffee will bring the bp down.
Donna R wrote:I was doing pretty good following McDougall and Esselstyn but had a heart attack and quad bypass. (female, 68 years old, 26 years a vegetarian) so now I'm eating no added oil
Burgess wrote:Here are the conclusions of my experience, at 67, but as a layman. I think the following steps must be taken, with the first ones being the most important:
1. Become very lean. I am now BMI 18. I eat zero added fat and no high-fat foods (such as nuts or avocados or processed foods). Done. Here is my diet, which consists of almost all whole foods: http://anti-itisdiet.blogspot.com/2010/ ... i-eat.html
2. Exercise daily. I walk 2 hrs/day and do light weights. Done.
3. Handle stress well. I am still working on this -- especially cutting out worries about things I cannot control, and eliminating "hurry sickness." I am making progress, but this has been a problem all my adult life.
4. Eat beets, watermelon, and other foods which supposedly will help increase the production of nitric oxide, which supposedly dilates the arteries thus lowering blood pressure. I "learned" about these foods from Michael Greger, MD on his site, http://nutritionfacts.org. (It is down at the moment, for me, so I can't provide a particular link.)
In my particular case, I suspect that my shrinking lungs might play a role in blood pressure higher than it should be considering how healthy I am otherwise. For a few months I was getting regular readings of 150/90. Now by implementing stress reduction and possibly by eating beets etc. regularly in small quantities my readings are more like 130/80 (though sometimes as low as 110/65). That is still too high but I am going in the right direction.
P. S. -- I generally get my highest readings in the mornings when I am internally "pushing" to get a lot of boring chores out of the way. My readings tend to be lowest in the evenings, especially after doing a lot of yoga style stretching.