Male, 27yrs, 183cm, 86kg, fairly active lifestyle including sports and regular exercise, low stress job. (I need to put this in my signature or something)
I was diagnosed with high blood pressure about 8 years ago, doctors did just about every test you could think of and found no causation for my hypertension other than possible work stress, but even that was considered negligible. At its worst, my blood pressure was about 190/96, borderline death is what my doctor said and immediately put me on Atacand, an angiotensin II receptor antagonist, I am still taking this drug daily which is controlling my blood pressure adequately.
Since then I've gone through a lot of lifestyle changes for the better, I got out of my stressful office job, went traveling for a year and now studying to become a massage therapist which I love and have no stressful feelings towards. My diet has constantly been improving (as far as a SAD diet can go) and exercise has been consistent.
I've now been on the paleo diet for about 2-3 months and have seen quite a few clear health improvements, I've lost a bit of gut and general body fat and have a bit more energy now after a few weeks of playing around with macronutrient percentages and caloric intake to find the right amounts for me. Food tends to go a lot longer before I get hungry again. For example today I mostly skipped lunch and just had a couple of carrots and an apple as a few snacks and it's now 4:30pm.
However, one thing that I was really hoping the paleo diet would improve is my blood pressure but it hasn't really made any changes to it.
Since quitting my job and traveling now its been about 140-150 / 60-80 unmedicated.
According to conventional wisdom, a diet with a main emphasis on whole grains and fibre is recommended. Followed by fruits and veggies, low fat/no fat dairy, meat, fish, poultry, nuts, seeds and legumes, in that order. So nearly the complete opposite of paleo. http://dashdiet.org/
My typical diet includes a lot of eggs as a staple, coconut milk, mixed nuts and seeds, apples, bananas, kiwi fruit, cranberries, peanut butter, olive oil, bacon, beef, chicken, pork, lamb, tuna, salmon. Full fat cows milk for coffee every day, 1/2 tsp sugar, cheese occasionally. I take whey isolate, vitamin b complex, vitamin c, saw palmetto, zinc and omega 3 supplements.
Sorry for the lengthy post, there are always lots of variables when it comes to hypertension so I wanted to make sure I covered everything.
At this point I'm open to suggestions, my goal is to be able to kick the medication completely which should be possible given that there is nothing medically wrong with me or causing the hypertension.