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5/19/09 9:28 A

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I avoid drinking coffee as it raises my bp.



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Interesting conversation. My husband and I drink Maxwell House Lite and have for years. You get the bang (wakeup) but not "off the ceiling" feeling. I use to mix decaf and regular coffee before Maxwell came out with the Lite. For those of you who really need the caffeine - try mixing your favorite coffee brand using half of decaf and regular.

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5/16/09 11:36 A

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Thanks everybody. I was kind of expecting to hear "stay away from coffee" but its good to know that I don't have to quit it altogether.

Thanks again,

Jerry

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5/15/09 1:55 P

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My dr. says to keep an eye on how different things affect me. But she thinks a couple cups of coffee is fine.I am a diabetic and I use splenda.

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And then try to find a caffeine-free cola without HFCS! I think Blue Sky is the only one I know of. I keep some on hand for my SIL who loves rum and coke. At the multitude of family bday parties, we "treat" the little ones with Izze's which at least have some fruit. Since HBP runs in the family, we try to encourage the kids to want more natural foods. It's hard though when they are bombarded with advertisements for junk foods and all of their friends are eating it.

As for me, I notice a 1 pound weight gain when I don't get my two cups of green tea in the morning. If I drink regular coffee, my heart starts skipping beats. I envy those who aren't caffeine sensitive.

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5/15/09 9:00 A

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I must admit I was surprised to see in that report that the cause and effect is not more definitive. I've always read that caffeine definitely increases BP. I'd always been a regular, but not heavy, consumer of caffeine, but had no problems making the switch, and heck yeah I made the switch in hopes that every little thing might help some. I've never been able to tell any taste difference in coffee, but CAN tell in how it effects me. The only problem w/sodas is that it is so hard to find a 'dark' soda that is caffeine free, but not diet. Sheesh, they dont go hand in hand :/

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5/15/09 8:54 A

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I am a big coffee drinker. My Dr. knows how much I drink and told me that my body adjusts to all the caffeine. I just had my physical and my blood pressure was great. I try to drink 1 cup of water between each cup of coffee just to try to keep the amount of coffee under control. Can't help you with the sweeteners....don't use them. I drink my coffee black.

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Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others. Whatever you do, I suggest you DON'T stop your coffee cold turkey! The caffeine withdrawal could cause bad headaches. Start cutting your coffee back or changing to decaf. Depending on how much you drink, drop one or two cups or switch them to decaf, keep your routine like that for a few days, then drop another one or two cups, etc. Keep an eye on your BP to see how it is affected. I don't know of any artificial sweeteners affecting BP but I do know that the aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal) isn't stable in heat so it won't make your coffee taste very sweet, but it tastes fine in cold like on cereal or in iced tea. I like the sucralose (Splenda).
The other main dietary change is decrease your sodium/salt intake.
Those are the two main things. Since you're here I guess you're interested in eating right, getting in shape, and losing weight so you're doing everything else right!
I just want to mention to everyone that even if you lose weight, get in shape, and eat right you may not be able to get off your BP meds. There is a genetic component involved that can't be changed. Many people will be able to get off or decrease the dose of their meds. If you're one who can't, don't be discouraged! You're still doing great things for your health and your heart! Your meds will be that much more effective if they don't have to fight the extra weight and salt!

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5/15/09 7:56 A

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Coffee affects people in different ways. Barbara-Anne is right -- does your blood pressure go up after you drink it? My doctor simply told me to keep an eye on how what I eat and drink affects me, like salt.

Good luck!

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5/15/09 7:47 A

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I, too, have hypertension and drink coffee. I usually have 2 cups in the morning and seldom after that. My husband had a heart attack 12 yrs ago and has one cup in the morning. If your doctor did not say anything to you, go by what your body tells you. If you don't feel good or have significantly higher blood pressure after having a cup, don't have coffee or have the decaf which tastes surprisingly good.

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Hi everyone,

I just learned I have a Hypertension problem, and I am unsure what changes I need to make exactly. One thing I do drink a lot of is Coffee. Is it safe to drink? And if it is, as I'm trying to avoid sugar as best I can now, what sweeteners are safe to use?

Thanks a lot

Jerry

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