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Celiac And Blood Pressure


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#1 sfsassy

 
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:17 AM

Hi everyone.

My blood pressure at the doctor last week was a very high 180/90. My BP has always been in the 130/70 range and this spike happened sometime in the last 5 weeks. My Doc put me on a beta blocker, but my bp is still high. :(

I was diagnosed with Celiac about 7 months ago. Since then I have lost 20-25 lbs. I eat very healthy. I eat no processed foods, only cook for myself. My sodium intake is very low as well.

I am slightly overweight, but not by much. Maybe 15 lbs overweight.

I wanted to know if there is a correlation between celiac and HBP....or are their other conditions that lead to HBP that are related to Celiac?

So confused since this is the healthiest I have been in years.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:30 AM

Hi everyone.

My blood pressure at the doctor last week was a very high 180/90. My BP has always been in the 130/70 range and this spike happened sometime in the last 5 weeks. My Doc put me on a beta blocker, but my bp is still high. :(

I was diagnosed with Celiac about 7 months ago. Since then I have lost 20-25 lbs. I eat very healthy. I eat no processed foods, only cook for myself. My sodium intake is very low as well.

I am slightly overweight, but not by much. Maybe 15 lbs overweight.

I wanted to know if there is a correlation between celiac and HBP....or are their other conditions that lead to HBP that are related to Celiac?

So confused since this is the healthiest I have been in years.

Is there a family history of high blood pressure??,, your mom,dad ect...

there are some contributing factors to high blood pressure, family history,diet,stress ,ethnicity are just a few.
As to a connection with celiacs ,I haven't read anything to that effect.
Hopefully someone more knowable than I am on this topic will chime in.
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numerous additional intolerances,, i.e. If it tries to kill me I do not eat it .
After 40+ years of misdiagnoses I was diagnosed with:
Dermatitis Herpetiformis : Positive DH biopsy...... Celiac :based on DH biopsy and diet response.

Osteoporosis before  age 50
Hashimoto's thyroiditis disease .

Diagnosed type 2 Diabetes 

Osteoarthritis

Gilbert's Syndrome , confirmed by gene testing


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 09:57 AM

Yes, my dad also has HBP. His lifestyle is the opposite of mine, but I do know that genetics play a huge role.
My surprise is that this has hit me now after a large weigh loss and healthy eating/exercising.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 10:11 AM

Yes, my dad also has HBP. His lifestyle is the opposite of mine, but I do know that genetics play a huge role.
My surprise is that this has hit me now after a large weigh loss and healthy eating/exercising.

My understanding is that stress plays a part too,,and with just being diagnosed with celiac's and a MAJOR lifestyle change,that is stressful

Keep up the great work with your diet and weight loss.Maybe throw in some relaxing exercise like walking or yoga
There are somethings you cant control,,genetics being one.,, but others you can control, diet ,exercise, stress levels

Take care and much health
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Gluten free Oct/09
Soy free Nov/10

numerous additional intolerances,, i.e. If it tries to kill me I do not eat it .
After 40+ years of misdiagnoses I was diagnosed with:
Dermatitis Herpetiformis : Positive DH biopsy...... Celiac :based on DH biopsy and diet response.

Osteoporosis before  age 50
Hashimoto's thyroiditis disease .

Diagnosed type 2 Diabetes 

Osteoarthritis

Gilbert's Syndrome , confirmed by gene testing


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Posted 30 January 2011 - 10:17 AM

Thanks! I should take a yoga class. Those always help my mood. :)
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 11:35 AM

This is something that has concerned me for some time, too. I'm a lifelong runner and exerciser, and my mother was a professional athlete. We both have celiac and are the only ones in the family with high blood pressure that developed in our late-40s. I've always felt that it was somehow connected to celiac disease and have studied about the possible causes.

Recently, I discovered that it is probably my potassium level that is causing the problem. It seems that I don't absorb potassium very well, and it's crucial to have adequate levels of potassium in order to maintain a good blood pressure reading. I also discovered, through trial and error, that if I drink wine on a regular basis (versus having a glass every few days), this may play a key role in causing my potassium level to dip. My research shows that when alcohol is ingested on a regular basis (and I'm not saying that it is a large amount that is drunk--only that it is ingested regularly), the body is constantly in "free radical clean-up" mode where it releases potassium to deal with the free radicals caused by the ingestion of alcohol. As a result, a person's potassium level is then kept too low to maintain a healthy blood pressure. As long as I take potassium every day and only have wine a few evenings a week, my blood pressure has lowered to an average of 115/68. If it continues to stay low, I plan to ask my doctor to take me off my BP meds, which I've taken for the past ten years. Before discovering this link, my blood pressure was uncontrollable even with meds--usually in the 150/90 range.

I don't know if this might be your problem, but perhaps you'll find this information helpful.
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Posted 30 January 2011 - 12:21 PM

This post was very helpful. I am going to keep good track of my potassium. Is that something the Dr can check. Or in your case do you just make sure you are eating some each day. How much potassium to you eat? Like a banana a day?
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