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SALLYSUE6 Posts: 10
4/11/08 7:06 P

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Thanks for the reminder that stress also plays a role in HTN. I am a social worker at a hospital, needless to say, lots of stress. Would love to get off my meds...but I also see the results of strokes, so one has to balance the issues. Everyday we just keep chipping away at our problems, never do I plan to be perfect, but , just get better. Sally

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4/11/08 12:31 P

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Teri, it's not only the salt but stress that you keep your BP up or elevate it to higher levels. And you have to admit you have been under a lot of stress lately. Keep going and if you can lower that stress and with the weight you have lost and will continue to lose you just might get for of those pills yet.

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4/11/08 11:51 A

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I dont know how much weight a person has to lose to get off the B/P meds....I was hoping to do the same thing. I lost 47 pounds and my B/p was good so my dr. took me off of 1 and kept me on another but my B/P went sky high again so now I am back on all of the meds again. When will it ever end? lol Take care Teri

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SALLYSUE6 Posts: 10
4/10/08 7:40 P

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I have always thought that watching sodium was only for those folks with real health issues. now I realize that with my hypertension , I have a health issue. My blood pressure isn't that high, on a low dose of medicine I am in the normal range. My goal is to get off the RX all together. I work in health care so I understand the problems with high blood pressure. But, I am with many of "us", I love the salty foods. Everyday, I seem to be just a little high in the sodium column, this is a goal for me, for sure. Thanks, Sally

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4/10/08 9:07 A

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Sally..it's really unbelievable how much salt is in foods. When you track your food then get a full look at the days foods and the salt intake, its hard to belive all that salt without even adding salt. I am a saltaholic. I know its not good for me, but foods just dont taste good to me without it. I use the less sodium salt. I still get the tast without all the sodium. I think its 33% less sodium. It's pretty good and I have all my slat shakers filled with it!
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SALLYSUE6 Posts: 10
4/4/08 6:24 A

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great reminder. I'm going to get a salt substitute, I have been buying the low-salt items i.e., broth..Guess because I'm really trying I can feel the subtle differences on my body, feeling puffier.Well TGIF, off to work . Sally emoticon

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4/3/08 8:27 P

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If you are really craving the salt, try a subsitute. I use the one Morton has out and it really taste like salt but you don't have the sodium.

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SALLYSUE6 Posts: 10
4/3/08 7:38 P

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I am realizing more and more what an issue I have with sodium. I can skip the sweets, but I crave the salty things. Today at work I had a nice salad, with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, then I added in 1/2 bag of popcorn(like 2.5 cups). I need to work on this. Thanks for letting me share, Sally

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