Surprised and let down

Just short of a year of not eating 'sweet things' and cutting down on portion sizes. Needed to do this for me, health, well being and to be honest it was originally suggested by my Doctor.

Sensible, as I do have high blood pressure and take medication. Well I went for my yearly check up feeling all positive and expecting a 'well you could reduce the medication' as your pressure has come down with the weight loss.....Shock, it's as high as it has ever been. For goodness sake, I was absolutely amazed , not what I expected at all. I very nearly cried in the office, I was that disappointed. No matter how you look at it, you think you are doing the right thing and sometimes life slaps you in the face....


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  • Hi miamia obviously very disappointing for you. I take it you are now within a healthy BMI range? Do you monitor your own BP? I know when I have mine checked at the Doc's it goes sky high but at home it's normal.

  • Hi...actually no, i am still over my BMI....still got this to work on....

  • Oh I do sympathise 😕 But the medication is maintaining you blood pressure, what you are doing is improving your general health and well being 😊 I was also expecting my BP to come down with losing weight but it remains the same, which just proves my hypertension is a genetic thing and was not caused by being overweight!

    So don't despair, don't give up. What about your weight? Blood sugar? Energy levels? Waistline? In sure all these will be improved too 😊 Keep up the good work

  • Thank you. Was good to know I am not alone. Really did think by loosing weight the bp would magically go down. Like you mine is genetic....thank you Dad (bless him)....

  • Hi Miamia,

    I am sorry to hear you had a shock when you went for your blood pressure check as part of your yearly overall check-up. I hope you've got over that shock now, and that you're feeling a bit better about it all. Afterall, you've made progress in other areas of health - with your diet and exercise, and that's all been good!

    Try not to let it get you down, and I hope you'll enjoy the weekend and keep going with the healthier lifestyle.

    Take care,

    Lowcal :-)

  • Miamia

    Sorry to read what has happened but I must say I am not surprised.

    I have health issues and recently had an ICD (Defibrillator) fitted by the Harefield Hospital, however I began last year at 80 kilos. Now 73 kilos and unable to go below. I exercise by walking and hardest of all I even cut out sugar. It made no change whatever considering I eat sugar. Three spoons is my norm in tea so I expected the weight to fall away.

    It did not happen but I will cut down on my food intake.

    You could be going through a lull in your weight loss program and it will continue to drop over the next few months.

    Cheers Dennis

  • Feeling a bit demotivated at the moment. Need a kick start...I will do it.....!

  • Don't feel de motivated. Keep going, you have done your health such a favour by your healthy eating habits. Blood pressure can increase through so many different variants, stress, rushing to the GP surgery, and then of course the dreaded 'white coat syndrome'. Blood pressure can also be slightly increased if you have just eaten or drunk and exercise such as climbing stairs ( but don't forget exercise does lower blood pressure in the long term, it just increases whilst you are performing the exercise).

    I would recommend a good blood pressure machine, take it at various points during the day to get an average reading. Take it over a few days and then monitor it regularly. The cuffs that go around the arm are generally more accurate than the wrist ones and your most GP's and practice nurses use the electronic ones now.

    Hope this helps.


  • Thank you.

  • Mr Flytrap was told that once he was on the tablets, that was it, the blood pressure was high. But still well worth losing the weight, upping the exercise etc. And I can see a difference in him with just half a stone off. Now there is no suggestion that you are the same as him. But it might be worth asking for more information next time you're at the doc's. Nothing like having achievable goals for getting ourselves to where we want to be.

  • Hi, blood pressure is a weird thing. I was in the healthy weight range last year, running half marathons, waiting for surgery for breast cancer and I couldn't have the surgery for several weeks because my bp was sky high (240/120). It was scary. They wanted to send me to a and e and shone a light into my eyes to see if I was haemorrhaging, and yet I was totally asymptomatic, no headaches, didn't look unwell etc etc. Now I have to take 8 tablets a day because of my various long term health issues. Life isn't fair so try not to be downhearted about your bp; and if you are getting side effects talk to your doctors because there's loads of meds out there.

    Good luck xxx

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