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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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hubby has high blood pressure:(

at 28 years old! his bp yesterday was 158/98. his doc wants to medicate him. with research i found that high bp leads to sooo many health problems and that it can often be controlled with a healthy diet. so now here i am looking for low sodium and blood pressure friendly foods. we eat a meat, starch and veggie for dinner everyday. over the past year or so i have mostly switched to baking instead of frying and i feel like we eat pretty healthy but we probably do ingest a lot of sodium with all the prepared stuff. i never really thought of it as a bad thing. there are so many rules to good food now and so many different options that its crazy. so is it possible to even cut out all the prepared stuff? only garden fresh veggies and potatoes au gratin from scratch? i mean i love to cook and prefer from scratch but everything? and can you get garden fresh in the winter? i'm probably totally overreacting but he's so young and his family history is not good and i'm afraid of what will happen when he's 40, geesh. so i'm going to get him to start biking with me and the kids everyday for 30 minutes or so in the evenings, nothing high intensity cuz we have the little ones but its better than nothing right? i just need to figure out a way to motivate him to do it and stick to it. and if i can figure out this food thing then that seems like a good start. i can find like a million normal recipes and only a handful of healthy ones that are made with normal food, he's a bit picky so its tough. so here we are in our mid-late 20's and looking to transform our lives to a strictly healthy one without affecting what foods the kids need hopefully. i didn't think this came until later, my parents don't even have to worry about this yet! and in the process we'll probably, what, double our already outrageous grocery bill! anyway sorry for the rant, if anyone can point me in the direction of yummy health food or give tips on how to best deal with this that'd be great...so long canned green beans and prepared pasta sides and yummy loaded scalloped potatoes
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Re: hubby has high blood pressure:(

Why don't you try frozen veg? Just as good as fresh with nothing added like the tinned stuff


Here are also some natural remedies that help with high bp:

Garlic (excellent one this, please ask the doc though before supplementing if he is on blood thinners. He doesn't have to eat it if he doesn't like it, capsules are just as good)

Here is a link on the benefits: http://uk.reuters.com/article/healthNew ... 3120080730

Fish oil (DHA is the ingredient to look for) or if likes oily fish, even better, at least twice a week.

Folic Acid is also excellent.

Q10 can also help.

Switch to grainy breads and don't eat 'dead' white bread, white bagels etc.

Forgot to add, season with herbs, if you experiment you wont miss the salt after a while

Obviously exercise as you know and keep hydrated (lots of water, no sugar loaded sodas).

I would certainly try a dietry approach first before meds whilst monitoring.
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Re: hubby has high blood pressure:(

First important step is for you to take a DEEP BREATH! I know that this is scary and new, but you can control all of this.

Couple of things that are easy to do:

- If your husband smokes he needs to stop. The doc can give him something to help him, if needed.
- Exercise is a key. The 30 minute bike ride a night would be excellent!! 30 minutes a day of things like walking, biking, even roller blading with the kids would be great.
- If your hubby is overweight he needs to get down to a weight that is appropriate for his height. He especially needs to work on his weight if it is centered in his stomach area.
- Moderation is key with food choices. You don't need to go all tofu and wheat germ and live a life without flavor. Processed food tends to have lots of sodium, so try to avoid that as much as possible. Fresh veggies are good, but as someone suggested frozen veggies are good too.

The Mayo Clinic has an absolutely wonderful site http://mayoclinic.com. If you go and do a search on high blood pressure (hypertension if the official term if you want to use that) and you will get lots of info. Just try not to get overwhelmed, or over think all of this stuff. You two will be able to manage this stuff, I promise.


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Re: hubby has high blood pressure:(

*breathing deep* thanks for all the responses, i will use frozen veggies when i can't get fresh. dh just left the hospital and cat scans and ekg are all normal but they want him to go to a specialist to check for crohn's disease as in the scan of his kidneys apparenty there is some inflammation i will try not to go overboard and get all crazy about the food, definitely no tofu here, i can't eat it and he won't even try it they think all the problems he's having are stemming from his blood pressure which is a relief, we thought there may be other issues going on. so if we can get the bp under control hopefully all the other symptoms will disappear too. bike trips will start tomorrow and i have a nice little grocery list for healthier dinners that should still taste good. my mom suggests just going with lower fat and lower sodium stuff like butter, sour cream, cheese and your normal staples to start. i'll also be switching from vegetable oil to extra virgin olive oil as she says that's a big help too. so nothing drastic right away and if the small changes in how i cook and how much fat and salt we eat combined with some light exercise don't work then we will look at going a bit more extreme. what do you think about whole grain breads and pasta? good idea to switch or unnecessary?
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Re: hubby has high blood pressure:(

I didn't read everything so forgive me if you said something about this.

I know the docs probably said this, but exercise. When I was about 23/24 I was disgustingly overweight. My blood pressure was insane, so bad that my doc said if I don't sort myself out I'm gonna have a heart attack before I'm 40. I take the contraceptive pill which has implications with high blood pressure, he refused to give me any more until I sorted myself out. Well that was a shock and a half I can tell ya! I bought myself a recumbent exercise bike and just started off slowly, to the point that I got 7 stone lighter (about 98lbs), go to the gym 4 times a week and have a normal blood pressure. I ended up not having to take anything and carried on with the pill (thank god!).

I know this can be easier said than done, but I've been there and that's what I did about it.
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Yep, 2nded what Zal said. Excersise, and decent eating. None of this herbal remedy junk, it won't make any measurable difference. Oh and the pills will help, ALL meds have side effects, every single one.
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Uhh Huge, the 'herbal remedy junk' does help, Im not talking out of my ass, it hae been proven in studies.

And why on earth would think decent eating helps then? After all, it's ensuring that you get more of the supplements I listed above, but if someone would rather pump themselves full of chemicals rather than try something gentler that can help just as much, up to them
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Studies? As in full clinical trials? Nope they haven't.
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Crystal, please do your own research on this.

There are clinical studies that have shown this. I am at work now and don't have much time to dig through the internet.

It is well proven that a lack of essential enzymes/trace elements/vitamins etc can lead to various illnesses (see scurvy for example), but I am not here to 'plug' anything. If it was me, I'd not take any meds unless it was absolutely necessary, let us know how he gets on


Garlic:



Incorporated Society, Nittendorf, West Germany.

Forty-seven non-hospitalised patients with mild hypertension took part in a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial conducted by 11 general practitioners. The patients who were admitted had diastolic blood pressures between 95 and 104 mmHg after a two-week acclimatization phase. The patients then took either a preparation of garlic powder (Kwai) or a placebo of identical appearance for 12 weeks. Blood pressure and plasma lipids were monitored during treatment after four, eight and 12 weeks. Significant differences between the placebo and the drug group were found during the course of therapy. For example, the supine diastolic blood pressure in the group having garlic treatment fell from 102 to 91 mmHg after eight weeks (p less than 0.05) and to 89 mmHg after 12 weeks (p less than 0.01). The serum cholesterol and triglycerides were also significantly reduced after eight and 12 weeks of treatment. In the placebo group, on the other hand, no significant changes occurred.


Perhaps it doesn't even help everyone, but it isnt expensive and it won't hurt to try...can't say the same for meds sadly.



Q10:

The supplement coenzyme Q10 has been utilized to treat hypertension. Almost ten years ago, the department of medicine, Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical Center in New York, reported in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology that its cardiovascular importance is now being realized in clinical trials worldwide.(7) In humans, a deficiency of coenzyme Q10 was found in 39% of patients with hypertension, compared to 6% of those with normal blood pressure. Providing these patients with 60 mg of coenzyme Q10 for eight weeks resulted in a 10% or greater decrease in blood pressure.(

In a double blind study, 20 hypertensive subjects with low serum coenzyme Q10 levels receiving 100 mg of coenzyme Q10 per day for 12 weeks, showed a significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. (9)

In a 1994 study, 109 patients with known hypertension were given 225 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily, achieving a serum level of at least 2 mcg/ml. There was a decrease in systolic blood pressure from an average of 159 mmHg to 147 mmHg, while mean diastolic pressures dropped from 94 to 85 mmHg. Fifty percent of patients were able to decrease or eliminate their medication.(10)

The mechanism by which coenzyme Q10 reduces blood pressure is not fully understood. However, in 1990, Digiesi and Cantini demonstrated a decrease in resistance of blood vessel walls.(11) Further, clinical cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, believes this action may be secondary to an improvement in the metabolic function of the cells, and that the antioxidant properties of coenzymeQ10 may help normalize cellular chemistry and promote optimal tone and compliance of the elastic vessel walls.(12)


Folic Acid:

In addition, according to researchers from Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, higher folic acid intake from food and supplements appears to reduce the risk of high blood pressure. The study was published in the Jan. 19 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) (293, 3:320-9, 2005) (http://jama.ama-assn.org).
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Re: hubby has high blood pressure:(

I have high BP, been on meds since I was 30. I eat whatever I want. High cholesterol is my real problem and I cannot take statins, so oh well.

Both are hereditary in my case.

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