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Blood Pressure rise after fatty meal

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Created October 05, 2012 at 2:27 AM

Every time I consume a meal that has a high fat content my blood pressure seems to raise to the point where it's noticeable, I'm quite sensitive and it can be uncomfortable especially at night when I'm trying to sleep and can sometimes take till about lunch the next day to normalize.

Is this common? The research I came across "A low fiber, high fat diet can affect the viscosity of your blood -- its thickness -- is increased due to excessive fats stored throughout the body, and which your blood picks up in its travels, your blood flow is slowed. This forces the heart to work harder, which increases pressure within your arteries, thereby raising blood pressure, So any abnormal blood pressure increase after eating is most likely due to the food consumed." perhaps I'm ingesting too much fat or my meal portions are too large? I thought that one of the ideas of paleo is the fact that there really is no such thing as too much fat? (Good Calories, Bad Calories) or could I be lacking in potassium? as I'm doing gaps.

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3979 ยท October 05, 2012 at 3:54 AM

I experience the same thing, but I interpret it as a boost of energy from the meal. If it keeps you up, don't eat so close to bedtime. Save your fatty meals for breakfast and lunch, when that energy will carry you through your day.

I as well am sensitive, and my blood pressure is always on the low side. If yours is as well, I wouldn't view this as a problem.

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