Originally posted by glan
reply to post by Toromos
One last thing I've eaten 1 small hamburger in 2 days did you have eating issues when your BP was out of control, I also have sleeping disorders
lately, and extremely fatigued. Did you experience any of those?
Very often hypertension has no specific cause. It's called essential hypertension, and some people have it. There are multiple ways to reduce
one's blood pressure as I outlined, but sometimes even having done all that, people still have high blood pressure. If your parents and/or
grandparents have it, it's very likely this is the root cause of your hypertension.
Definitely talk to a doctor about an exercise regimen. He'll tell you how far to push it. Until your blood pressure becomes normalized, I wouldn't
push yourself too hard.
I have no real eating issues other than I like to eat.
Cutting out the salt will be really important. I would start gradually, and try to eat
low sodium versions of things you may eat now like soup. Anything processed like frozen dinners, soups, etc. will be loaded with sodium. Once you
get used to eating a low sodium diet, you'll realize how salty so much processed and restaurant food really is. I can't stand regular canned soup
now. Way too salty for me.
If you feel fatigued during the day, and you snore at night, there's a really good chance you could have sleep apnea. You'll need a doctor to order
a sleep study to see if this is the case. You'll go to a clinic, and they'll hook you up with electrodes to monitor your breathing, heart rate,
etc. I just had my sleep study, and they said my breathing was interrupted 38 times in one hour. That's definite sleep apnea.
When you fall asleep, the throat tissues around the back of your mouth relax. For some people, it partially blocks the airway. That's what snoring
is. If they completely block the airway, your body wakes you up just enough to adjust your position so that you can breath. The problem is that you
never get into a real deep sleep, and this affects both your blood pressure and other aspects of your health.
If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the first course of treatment is to use a cpap machine. This is a device where a mask fits over your nose, and
continually blows air down your windpipe. It keeps the airway open while you sleep. I've already tried it, and it's not nearly as cumbersome as
you imagine. Plus, I got the first really solid sleep I've had in years. It makes a remarkable difference.
Good luck again. It's good you're taking your BP seriously, since it affects so much of your health later on.