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Old Thu, Nov-16-17, 12:00
Verbena Verbena is offline
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I used to work in a doctor's office - pediatrics. I would see my family practitioner right next door, and my BP was invariably high. He would just say "go back to Peds, and have one of your colleagues check it". It was always normal. White coat syndrome, certainly, but only for white coats that treated adults, not children :-)
Gaining weight caused it to go up over time, losing weight has brought it down again
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Old Thu, Nov-16-17, 12:04
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I have disregarded the PB numbers for years.....way too high IMO. If my bottom number hits 80 my doc says nothing. BUUUUTTTT I know I have not been following LC for too long. Back on LC, and I can drop my BP numbers in days......NO MEDS!!!

Modern medicine is still behind the times.
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Old Thu, Nov-16-17, 16:02
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Plan: IF Fung/LC Westman/Primal
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Reading Dr Kendrick on changing the BG numbers to diagnose diabetes. Apply same for BP.
The decision as to when you diagnose diabetes also depends on specific glucose levels –which have little basis in any solid data. In fact, as I write, I can guarantee that people will be deciding that the levels of blood sugar used to define diabetes are too high, and should be lowered. The sounds of money tinkles gently in background.
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Old Thu, Nov-16-17, 19:51
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WereBear WereBear is online now
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My blood pressure and blood sugar were edging up before I went low carb. Now, the PA is amazed at how "perfect" both are.

Which is sad, really, that I'm so rare.

I agree, it makes no sense to change a BP reading when the underlying problem is still there.

"You're in as much trouble by the time you are on three medications that achieve excellent control as you are when you have hypertension and it is untreated, which is amazing," Howard said. "We want to raise the issue that, despite great advances in a pharmaceutical approach, relying solely on this approach is going to come at a dear price of people's lives."
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I’m another one who gets super high readings at the doctor’s office! Really high, although decent at home. A former doctor wouldn’t believe me so she did have me wear one of those 24-hours monitors. As she said “sure enough, your BP was through the roof here when we put the monitor on. Twenty minutes after you left it had dropped a lot. Forty minutes after you left it was normal, ( remained normal the next 24 hours despite traffic jams and emergencies at work), then twenty minutes before you were due back here it began to rise, and by the time you got back here it was through the roof again”.

I was also thinking about Welch’s book when I heard of this new guideline. Anyone remember when the guideline for the top number was your age+100? Were there really tons more strokes and heart attacks then?

I’m 65 now! Hah, that would work for me even at the doctor’s office sometimes! Alas being older my BP is a bit higher, and goes up sooner when I’m seeing a doctor, and takes longer to come back down afterwards.

Several times in the last few years I’ve had to fill out health questionnaires and never know how to answer the “do you have high blood pressure” question. How do you answer when it’s normal 95% of the time but high 5% of the time, and the high is always when a medical professional is taking it!
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