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I have just been to the docs and I have been told that I have high BP, I have been booked in for a 24 hour monitor. This happened to me about 15 years ago and I managed to sort it myself. I want to do it again but need some help.
I am 41 years old, my BP was 160/101 when I visited the docs. I have been testing my BP at home and I get readings of anything from 130/70 to 150/90 and a resting HR of 46 going up to 69.
I exercise a lot, I go mountain biking 3 to 5 times per week and sometimes I can be out for over 3 hours. I am surrounded by big hills so there is no such thing as an easy ride. I can be out for an hour and manage over 1000feet of climbs. (Its good fun coming down )
I am a little overweigh, I could do with losing 7 lbs. But I would still be above the BMI but when I have lost more I have looked to skinny.
I avoid adding salt to my food and my eating is
Breakfast, muesli type cereal.
Lunch, salad , tuna with sweetcorn (or other fish)
Tea, twice a week fish, once a week stake, once a week take away, other times something ok (sometimes a quick easy meal like a frozen pizza etc)
Snacks, fruit , 2 coffees per day, lots of water.
Before I visited the docs, I would have a ham or cheese sandwich for lunch, but I am cutting this out. I would also snack on bad stuff, like crisp etc. I also had about 12 VERY STRONG coffees per day. I would also only have about 2 glasses of water a day and on a weekend I would REALY over do the beers. Sometimes 60+ units over the weekend. I recon this is what has kept my weight high considering how much excursive I do. But, I am one of these people that if you give me a packet of Jaffa cakes I will eat them all give me two packets, I will eat both … mmmmm Jaffa cakes.. so I don’t buy thing like that as I just eat them all
So.. I have made SOME changes, cut out ALL snacks and limited coffee to 2 normal coffees per day and I have limited my drinking to 4 ales over the weekend ( 7.2 units) and I drink 8 glasses of water per day (on top of what I drink after a ride)
I have been doing this for 3 weeks and I have not seen a difference to my BP, my weight is dropping fast though.
I have been reading a book and it says I should take calcium supplements and it also talks about coffee cancelling out calcium so I think I made the right choice with cutting back on coffee.
I have ordered some calcium with VIT D , some VIT K and some hawthorn tablets.
Am I on the right track? And I am right to try to avoid the tablets that the doctor would give me?
My gut says, its up due to
Coffee and lack of water
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