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1/5/10 11:03 P

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My BP always goes up if I have a sinus infection. If you are having headaches, even if your nose isn't congested, that's one possibility. Just another thought. Good luck!

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1/3/10 9:27 P

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Given all of that, and since you are already getting regular exercise, other options that come to mind for lowering bp: meditation, plenty of sleep and a bit of relaxation. I hope you get some relief.

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1/3/10 8:24 P

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I was tested a few years ago for thyroid and came back negative. I am not on any medications at this time for anything. There has been a lot of stress at work, and I am thinking of leaving a job that Ihave had for 10 years now due to the fact that my coworker (who is the office manager and the only other person in the office with me) is a nasty B. I am finding myself more and more unable to be in the same room as her, so I am sure this is playing a big role in my stress level. I was hoping that since I felt so much better after being off gluten, that my BP and cholesterol would go down too. Also, I had some dental work done right before it went up, and I was taking a lot of Advil which I think raises BP if I am not mistaken.

thanks for the suggestion. My BP has been coming down, but not as much as I would have hoped. I am down to 150/74 at this time and I will watch my diet carefully and exercise carefully and call the doctor if it does not get back to normal.

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1/3/10 2:54 P

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Are you taking anything for hypothyroid? Some thyroid signs are similar to celiac and so often women end up being diagnosed for thyroid (and put on some kind of synthetic drug for it) before getting a celiac diagnosis. -Just wondering because I had to cut back on my levothyroxine dosage after being gf for several months. So you may want to be tested for the thyroid again if you are/were hypothyroid.


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12/27/09 4:12 P

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I agree about the BP spike when at the doctor's. If at all possible, I drink a big glass of water, go to the bathroom and then make the assistant talk to me a bit before taking mine. I have a bit of a problem, which is related to where my thyroid numbers are, and also a family history. My doc told me that children of moms who smoked during pregnancy are showing up with BP problems even if all the other factors are good. That's my case.
Jen, thanks for the flax info. I just gave away some because of my concern about it and thyroid. God bless all, and keep going, team.

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12/27/09 11:38 A

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Great that your blood pressure went down. Could it have been high due to being at the Dr?
My Mom's blood pressure spikes when she goes to the Dr but fine at home. I have the opposite problem so don't have any other suggestions.

A couple of things on flax. 1st you must grind it or buy it ground since whole seed just goes through you and do little for you. 2nd once it's ground it must be refrigerated or lose potency.
2nd flax seed OIL disrupts the thyroid but not seed. My Dr has had me on ground seed for months and someone asked about flax being a thyroid disrupter(mines low but functional) so I asked my Dr and he told me it was the oil and did some more research to confirm and told me I can mix it with sesame, sunflower and something else I can't remember now.

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12/23/09 10:45 P

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We've talked about stress on this forum before and I think a lot of us feel going GF actually helps with dealing with stress. I know when I was eating gluten, I had a very hard time with stress--I'd cry and get angry really easily. My mother had the same reaction. I feel much more even keel now that I changed my diet.

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12/23/09 10:38 P

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CHEERWELL, I am glad your blood pressure is going
down. Yes, if it starts going up again, please go to an urgent care. Merry Christmas to you also! Happy Healthy New Year!
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12/23/09 9:34 P

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thanks for all the replies. I have watched my sodium level today and added fiber in the form of fruit and ground flax seed in my GF oatmeal today. a lot less stress at work today, my office manager is in a good mood (this week). Just took my pressure it is 149/74 which is much better then then 200/85 it was two days ago. Will be checking in with the doctor next week, impossible to get an appointment with Christmas this week. If it gets way out of control again I will go to an Urgent Care office, but I think I will be OK until next week.

Thanks again, Merry Christmas and Happy, healthy New year to all.

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12/23/09 8:05 A

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Simply going GF shouldn't do a thing to your blood pressure. If anything, depending on your diet, you have the opportunity to get more and better fiber on a GF diet. GF grains, except for white rice, are usually less processed and better whole grains than wheat, which is almost always "enriched" in some way, even the whole wheat. You want fiber? Fruits and veggies like apples and yams are great. Nuts. Brown rice. Legumes.

What I have trouble with on a GF diet is sodium. There seems to be lots more salt in packaged GF foods and mixes. And of course, sodium WILL raise your blood pressure. Set your nutrition tracker to follow sodium, too, and try to keep it below 2000mg/day.

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12/23/09 12:23 A

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Hi. I would definitely add fiber. GF oats are one of my faves, as is quinoa. I am hypothyroid, and so I avoid some things. My blood pressure varies depending on how my TSH, T3 and T4 hormones are doing.
I've found that many with gluten sensitivity or celiac have thyroid issues. I also discovered on the Thyroid community on sparks that flax is not the best thing to consume in quantity if you have hypo issues.
Don't know if any of this factors in or not, but I think every woman and many men should be tested periodically.
Trying to put the whole picture together is difficult, and I'm not there yet. Remember that stress is a factor with BP rise; deep breathing excercises and switching to sea salt have helped me. Good luck, and God bless. Kathy

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12/22/09 11:48 P

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Most definitely add fiber to your diet. Flax seeds are good and so is psyllium too. That last one you will find in a health food store. If you add the two together you will find that it goes down better and also put into juice that does not have sugar added. The flax seeds also come grounded and you can add it to the juice so that the psyllium does not get thick fast.

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12/22/09 10:34 P

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thanks for your replys. I will keep a close watch on my food and salt intake and my exercise and monitor by BP until I can get into the doctor's office.

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12/22/09 5:35 P

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Definitely check with your doctor. If you think added fiber would help, you can add flax seed to your diet. Quinoa also has a good amount of fiber. Does exercise seem to make any difference? It definitely helps my stress but I've never had high blood pressure. Mine is usually on the low side.

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12/22/09 4:18 P

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I would check this out with your doctor. My blood pressure went down since I have been gluten-free. However, I am not a doctor or a nurse. The first thing I would do is talk it over with your doctor. Then I would research books on being gluten-free. Stress causes blood pressure to go up, even good stress like happy stress during the holidays. Again, I would check this out with your doctor.
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I am really trying to think how eating a gf diet would negatively affect your blood pressure. I can't think of a reason. If I were you, I'd run your question past your medical care person. I am thinking that, with the holidays and your busier than usual schedule (guessing here) that might be a more likely cause for a change in blood pressure.

Still, you are wise to investigate causes. High blood pressure is definitely something to stay on top of.

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12/22/09 12:44 P

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I have high blood pressure which I have had under control for a few years with diet and exercise. Since I have gone gluten free I have noticed a spike in my BP much higher then usual. I know that I have been under stress lately at work and am thinking about a job change but I am not sure that this is totally related to stress or if it is the change in diet since I am no longer eating the high fiber breads that I use to eat. I do not have any of the stomach issues with the gluten just bad bone pain, I am wondering if I should just go back on the regular diet. I was hoping that going gluten free would eliminate the inflammatory processes that cause elevated BP and cholesterol, but I am not seeing this result. Has anybody noticed this problem? Any suggestions? Thanks.


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