Have been on paleo for 17 days now, and feeling pretty good. Energy levels are consistant throughout the day, and the weight is coming off at a steady pace. Before beginning paleo i had a blood pressure reading of 150-96. Scary to say the least. After 7 days on paleo i had another check up, and to my suprise the reading was a very different one. My doctor was perplexed. 136-84.
Does anyone else have a similar story? Would love to hear from others that have had high blood pressure readings that have been lowered due to a paleo way of eating.
my bp went down dramatically since going paleo. I was on the verge of going on medication. (there is a history of hypertension in the family)
typical readings were 160/95, sometimes higher. Now 120/65 seems to be the norm, and I'm not paying much attention to sodium intake.
I've been paleo since May 2011, and won't be going back to my old ways!
My husband had high bp despite being a healthy weight, active, and on daily BP meds. Hypertentsion runs in his family. Since going paleo he now has normal BP readings and is off all medication.
Mine is near perfect, 95/60 to 105/66. Used to be like 130/80. I think the reduction of stress made it drop more than just the diet. But we have a family burden of high blood pressure. Almost everybody over 50 are on BP meds. Even my mother who is very active and no stress and with good diet, altho not paloe but more like WAPF type.
I'm 23 and my BP has been 135/85 since I was 19. I've been paleo for about 7 months w/ no change. Doctors don't know what it is; could just be genetic. Sometimes diet can't solve everything. I've always been active - ran varsity cross-country in college, run adventure races and do lots of lifting/hiking now.
Glad to hear all the success stories.
My BP didn't go down much, still in the 130-140/80-90 range. But that's better than the 165/100 I had back when I was eating a lot of sugar. I am more primal/archevore than paleo (I eat 2-3 pieces of fruit a day). I'm not overweight (5'11" 145 lbs), never have been, but I think it runs in the family as well. I also think it's stress-related.
Years ago I was on "water pills" for a while because my bp was pretty high. When I retired, it went down enough to get off pills but was still at the upper edge of normal.
When I read your question, for fun I took my bp. Despite eating salt to taste yesterday and being just about done with my second mug of coffee today, my bp is 133/70.
So yes, ancestral eating definitely has a positive impact on bp results despite continuing my coffee habit. The new info for me, however, is that I accidentally discovered that my bp goes in lock-step with my bg. If I eat mixed meals of fruit, greens and cooked meat/vegs both readings are great. If I eat a large quantity of just fruit, both go out of whack and it takes a while to settle back into healthy readings.
I don't think I've seen articles about the 2 readings moving together, but during recent testing mine changed together in such similar fashion that I stopped testing bp--bg said it all.
I was always fearful of going to the doctors because of my blood pressure. Every time I would go the doctors would take it twice because of how high it was that it couldn't possibly be correct. I should have been on meds for it but always avoided it by saying I was stressed at work and its not usually that high. A few times when I got angry or stressed, my blood pressure would sky rocket to levels that saw my eyes flutter, massive migranes and I felt like I was about to pass out. That changed permanently with going Paleo. I cut out salt in the beginning but now use pink salt without fear. Just with food and no meds has my once shockingly high blood pressure now gone to athlete levels. Took less then 3 months for the change.
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