BP med options
- 11-18-2007, 05:39 PM
BP med options
I need some options guys.
Might not be the best place to ask this - but there are alot of knowledgable people here, and it is somewhat related.....
BP has always been borderline high - I've had to fight to keep it at 142/85 (plus or minus). I was hoping getting on TRT that things would improve, especially with some weight loss.
Dropped 10 lbs, things got worse.
I am now at 155/92 - plus or minus. I can't stay here.
I powerlift, so don't give me options that will hinder that - if I quit the heavy lifting - I will add 20 pounds of fat in a heartbeat.
I know I can quit all caffeine and alcohol - but how much would that help? is that the first step? I don't over do it - but can that get me low enough? Any advice, or anecdotes apprecitated.
I know I am not getting medical advice here, but want to be able to have some options when I ask my Dr for some help getting the BP down.
FWIW, I'm in my 50's. Was on a Beta blocker for BP in my late 30's early 40's. Got off of them by lifting weights, losing weight, quiting smokeless tobacco and divorcing my first wife. I HATED tenormin <sp?>.
Your help, as always - greatly appreciated.
- 11-18-2007, 05:47 PM
Sorry I'm no help, but I may have to go on meds for high bp also though. Mine was 144/85 last time I got it checked, doctor was somewhat concerned and I have another appointment on tuesday to check up. I really don't want to go on meds for something like this. I know increasing fruits a vegetables can help low blood pressure. Personally I don't think 144/85 is high enough to consider pharmaceutical options. I will see on Tuesday, but I'm gonna tell the Doc that I won't take a medication for high BP.
11-18-2007, 05:47 PM
11-18-2007, 06:13 PM
11-18-2007, 07:03 PM
11-18-2007, 07:24 PM
Original is expensive and by prescription.
There are less and much less expensive versions available over internet.
I tried two of them and both worked.
I have to do that because even I have prescription plan they are screwy about number of necessities, like
Armour, not covered
Arimidex, not covered
11-18-2007, 08:11 PM
When I drank heavy, I had very high BP. I took a calcium channel blocker called Verapamil. It worked very well for me, and I had no side effects from it. (BP went to normal after I quit drinking and lost some weight)
11-19-2007, 10:42 AM
11-19-2007, 10:58 AM
11-19-2007, 05:07 PM
Drop the caffene, increase your fiber, start 5 grams Fish oils (Omega 3s) per day and talk to your doctor about a mild diuretic like HCTZ (its generic and cheap). HCTZ is better tolerated than B-blockers...I only use those post hear attack. ACE inhibitor would be another option. CoQ10 is another important supplement for cardiac function.
11-19-2007, 06:43 PM
11-19-2007, 06:45 PM
This is actually the 2nd Doctor John. I didn't realize there was another Dr. John when I registered. The screen names are slightly different.
11-19-2007, 06:51 PM
11-20-2007, 10:18 AM
People respond differently to each medication. I've also had mostly bad experiences with B-blockers. Many people are fine on a mild diuretic like HCTZ, its still first line, in low dose, for hypertension in most individuals. If your prone to dehydration, it may not be the best choice as stated above. As Dr. John said, ARBs have also been very well tolerated.
Thanks, I will certainly explore the anti-aging sections as I want to avoid certain topics.
11-20-2007, 11:52 AM
We are sorely missing a presence of dedicated doctor on this board.
I hope you find a time to spend with us.
We are staying away from steroid use topics.
Most often discussed are
hormonal testosterone, thyroid and adrenal issues.
We could use good guidance on this and other health issues such as:
Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids
Customizing nutritional supplement program
I am sure you would get more questions than you would care to answer.
11-20-2007, 12:11 PM
Thanks Jansz. I will pop in when I can to read and respond. Looks like there are several knowledgable people already.
11-20-2007, 12:18 PM
11-20-2007, 12:43 PM
That was when I used to compete in the NABBA. (the pic at the office is very recent, the others from 2005)
I still lift hard but no more competitions. Concentrating on my medical practice and my involvement coaching & as ringside physician in MMA.
11-20-2007, 12:55 PM
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