High Blood Pressure And Insulin Resistance

Apr 28, 2015

It's amazing how the medical profession seems to just apply a band aid solution without trying to understand what's causing the problem. They say Prevention is Better than a Cure but most doctors these days seem to go for meds as opposed to trying to prevent or even find a cure.

You know they called some of the greatest scientific minds nutty and over-obsessive before they came out on top.....Edison, Einstein, Westinghouse, Darwin, etc. For example, I'm sure you're heard of H.pylori bacteria and how they could call stomach ulcers....but do you know how new the science is?

In the 1980's when Dr. Barry Marshall started saying stomach ulcers were caused by H.pylori bacteria his Dr. colleagues laughed him out of the room. With confidence in his theory Dr. Marshall went on to infect himself with the bacter and then went onto cure himself of stomach ulcers. In 2005 he won the Nobel Prize for his discovery and today it has become a common accepted fact among Doctors. Dr. Marshall is 63 and lives in Australia.

I guess it just goes to show that sometimes even men of science such as Doctors can be wrong and don't often work towards prevention of disease by keeping an open mind when that is what Hippocrates pioneered a millennial ago.

Question on how you measure your BP?
Do you sit down for 5-10 minutes quietly before taking it?
Do you take 3 readings per seating and average it out?
Or do you throw the first reading out and take only
the last two readings?

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PCOS :: Insulin Resistance?

I was diagnosed with PCOS at 13. In late teen/early 20'a, dx with insulin resistance (IR) and put on Glucophage. It was great at first. I was able to lose weight for the first time, and so on. Took me off it after I lost weight. Years later went back on it, as again the weight issue, and that time I could not tolerate it. Major side effects. Doc said my choices were to endure the side effects or learn to live with the IR symptoms. My symptoms then were weight gain with inability to lose, facial hair, excess testosterone levels, excess androgen, cysts on ovaries, etc., so I told myself to just learn to live with it.

Fast forward to present day and now I am 48. My husband and I were never able to conceive, and now I am having major problems, all of which I can trace back to IR. I have a gene mutation called APOE. When you have this, you usually are Choline deficient and this in turn can attribute to developing IR. Right now I am having major digestive issues with gas, bloating and reflux, racing heart (heart was checked out by a cardiologist and it was fine), vagus nerve overreaction, (all due to the bloated stomach pressing up against the vagus nerve), fatty liver (non-alcohol related, but IR and choline related), low stomach acid, muscle spasms (despite plenty of daily magnesium, potassium levels are normal), anxiety attacks, feel like I am going to pass out, etc. I am now treating with naturopath, as I have Lyme disease and Epstein-Barr as well and no traditional doctor has been able to help me. she has been a Godsend. She has run a battery of stomach tests on me, of which I am getting the results today. Since I cannot take Glucophage, she has a natural alternative to it, without the side effects, which I am probably going to end up taking. I am just wondering if anyone else has had any of the symptoms from the IR that I am having. The worst is the upper stomach bloating and gas. I look and feel like I am 10 months pregnant, and I'm not eating carbs or other things to make me gassy.

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Chronic Fatigue And Insulin Resistance?

I have had chronic fatigue for over 2.5 years and as I'm sure is the same with the rest of you, have had no luck in finding adequate treatment. My symptoms are daily fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, pain (especially in sinuses), and general malaise. My worst symptom is post-exertional malaise - I feel awful after any type of exertion. All the lab tests come back normal and the only treatments provided are antidepressants, limited exercise, etc.

Here is the question: does anyone else who has CFS also have insulin resistance? Does anyone know of any link? Can insulin resistance cause chronic fatigue? Can insulin resistance cause post-exertional malaise and fatigue?

I was diagnosed in 2002 with insulin resistance and am curious if it is linked to CFS. Both are linked to mitochondrial dysfunction. Please share your thoughts!

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Diabetes Type 2 :: Insulin Sensitivity And Resistance


I have symptoms of Type 2 and insulin resistance, including reactive hypoglycemia (RHG) as shown by the lab results below. I also have poor lipid values (bad LDL/HDL), low SHBG and a resulting testosterone deficiency that started in my teens. Both my mom and sister have PCOS.
2 hour OGTT results:

Fasting glucose, insulin: 79 mg/dL, 2.5 uIU/mL

75 g glucose, then (glucose, insulin):

+0:30: 116 mg/dL, 35.0 uIU/mL
+1:00: 83 mg/dL, 17.5 uIU/mL
+2:00: 56 mg/dL, 6.4 uIU/mL

A1c: 5.2% (weird, if my blood sugar is so "normal")

* highlighted = out of lab range

My insulin looks very low. Are these low numbers for insulin? If so, why would I get RHG from insulin so low?

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Pregnancy - Diabetes :: Insulin Resistance At 21 Weeks

I am 36-years of age and pregnant with my 3rd child. I required insulin during my second pregnancy due to high blood sugar and tolerated it, knowing I will be able to stop once the pregnancy is over and my baby delivered. I was hoping that my sugar would be better during my current pregnancy, since I adopted a healthy diet, decreased my working hours,..... But no, I had diabetes straight from the 12th week on and now in the 21st week, my sugars are up and up!!!! needing required doses of insulin!! I am so desperate. Has any other had similar problems. Was the baby healthy? 

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Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension :: Acute High Blood Pressure, Blocked Ears, Head Pressure

I am a fit, healthy 28 year old guy who has spontaneously developed severe high blood pressure, temporal pressure headaches, dizzy spells and blocked ears. The symptoms vary, with acute periods lasting a couple hours and occurring on a weekly basis. Generally an acute period is characterized by severe headaches, needing to lie down, blocked ears and extreme lethargy. 

I have had CT’s and MRI’s of the brain and cervical spine, PET scans, ECHO’s, a multitude of blood tests and various other tests with no abnormalities. 

I gym 4 times a week, eat healthy and work as a hairdresser, so my lifestyle is pretty healthy overall.

This condition is starting to limit my lifestyle and with two years of no answers I am putting it out there for someone to recognize or provide advice about what could potentially be going on! 

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Hypertension :: High Carbohydrate Food Causes High Blood Pressure (100/170)?

i am not overweight. Drink a healthy smoothie and whole grain cereal almost every morning yet my BP is still high. (100/170). I was  told it may be because of elevated insulin levels caused by the fruit drinks and whole grains (as well as the potato, rice, pasta and breads) that I eat. These are things that easily break down into sugars and cause the issue. (Basically a carb issue). Am I supposed to go on one of those caveman diets? Has anyone tried lowering their carb intake to lower their BP? 

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High Blood Pressure Associated With High Heart Rate?

Hi, Is is possible to have a high heart rate while at the same time a normal rate of blood pressure?  I'm asking on behalf of a relative... I thought blood pressure would be high if the heart rate was also high? 


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Lupus :: Not Able To Speak Due To High Blood Pressure - Blood Clot In Nerve

Now she's is going through speech therapy to bring it back to normal. I would like to find out any other possibility to treat her any part of the world for immediate cure

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High Cholesterol Along With My High Blood Pressure

Recently been diagnosed with high cholesterol along with my high blood pressure. Was on atenolol and bendrofluazide but these weren't keeping my bp down so was put on lisinopril. I have had pains in my stomach since i started my new meds wake in the night with a jolt, am tired and feel weak all the time, i'm only 43 and not over weight. Has anyone else had these symptoms. I'm unsure what is causing what as every thing has changed all at once?

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High Blood Pressure :: Wake Up With A Wet Bed

I have been having issues with high blood pressure. Was given amlodipine 5mg. been having issues with activity. i would get winded and chest pains just from walking to the corner. recently I had another issue start. Lower back pain and I would wake up with a wet bed (urine) not a lot. just a couple ounces i estimate

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Hypertension :: 145/100 Blood Pressure - Too High?

Is 145/100 too high? And could be the reason for the headache as i am having a headache since two days; and my blood pressure is around 145/100 every time i monitor it.

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Hypothyroidism :: High Blood Pressure?

I just had some labs done and was told that my HS CRP test came back high at 3.0 (should be 1.0 or less). My doc says that has to do with cardiovascular risk and inflammation.

I have also noticed that my blood pressure, which for my whole life has been 90/60, is now between 120/85 - 140/85. Obviously this is very concerning and so sudden.

Have any of you experienced this is relation to hypothyroidism? What is causing this?

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High Blood Pressure :: Enlarged Heart

My 40 year-old wife in recent months has undergone a number of tests following some weight loss. It transpires that she is suffering from hypertension with her 24hr ambulatory readings averaging at 170/110. Further diagnostic tests (ECG, echo and cardiac MRI) were undertaken and her cardiologist told her that her heart is enlarged (moderate) with impaired function (I believe ejection fraction in the region of 45%) but has not been able to identify the root cause of the hypertension. She is asymptomatic and does not have any issues in terms of fatigue, breathlessness, swelling, etc.

She has been prescribed 5mg Amlodipine, 5mg Ramipril and 2.5mg Bisoprolol. The Cardiologist has told her she will be on medication for longevity and that improving the condition will take a long time. Her blood pressure has already come down to 132/84 which the cardiologist was very pleased with. She will be seeing him again in 8/9 weeks with a follow up echo in 4/5 months.

In terms of the diagnosis, the cardiologist has referred only to hypertension but having read and aligned the symptoms of the enlarged heart and impaired function, is it not heart failure.....? Also, what is the prognosis for an enlarged heart caused by hypertension, especially in someone of 40 years of age.....can the enlarged heart and function return to normal over time with the medication?

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High Blood Pressure Due To Hormones (perimenopause)

Since Dec I had some drastic change in my body, prolonged bleeding but found out that I have polyps and my uterus is thick so I had uterine curettage and polypectomy, after few days my BP shoot up, lightheaded (severe-had presyncope n went to ER)and had some palpitation, holter showed 11 perc of time 120's, had some NSVT, had episodes of ST w/ rate of 150-160's, made me sleepless and anxious...so my cardiologist started me on lopressor 100 mg once a day. It did help lower my BP and my HR having a peaceful heart....However, I noticed that 2-3 days before my period my BP would shoot up giving me headache,but then my BP would decrease/normalized on the 2nd day of my period. I just turned 39 by the way.Since my curettage my period is not that heavy anymore. Now, is there a relationship of hypertension and hormonal changes?....could all of these body changes part of perimenopausal changes? I shared my story to my co-workers and surprisingly lots of us went through the same body changes.

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18 With 2 Thyroid Nodules And High Blood Pressure

So a couple of months ago I found out that I have 2 small thyroid nodules. Of course I freaked out but now calm and just waiting for the results of my 2nd thyroid ultrasound. I am also struggling with my blood pressure. For the past months I have been nervous all the time because of all the stuff that has been happening to me (different tests). My doctor keeps on saying that I have high blood pressure (which is weird cause I am younger than 18) because it would be 130/80 to 150/90 to 145/80 or around those readings. But when she does check it I am always nervous and freaking out and shaking. I am wondering if its cause of that. When I do check it at home, it sometimes is high or normal. Since my doctor and parents have been talking about high blood pressure and what it could do to your body I have been scared to take it being afraid it would be sky rocket high. Im wondering if it is my thyroid, fast heart rate (which my doctor thinks it's because of my nodules) my nervousness, my family history, or just me. I'm going to a cardiologist to check with my heart next month which is freaking me out.

*Now my doctor is prescribing me hypertension medication (Enalapril 5mg once a day) when im not even 18 yet! I am very young having to take BP medication?? My doctor thinks my hypertension is because of my thyroid or, nervousness.I feel so old. I feel like when I take this medication, my blood pressure will drop tremendously. Not I don't even know what to do now.

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Atorvastatin Lowers High Blood Pressure As Well?

Atorvastatin helps to lower High Blood Pressure? I started taking this 3 weeks ago after my doctor prescribed me this because of high level of cholesterol (290). My normal blood pressure before taking this medicine was 130-140/90...but when I started taking Atorvastatin may BP went down to 115-120/80. I don't know if it is because of this medicine or because I also started a change of lifestyle like regular exercise, fruits and vegetable diet, avoiding fatty foods and carbs. Just want to know if my new lifestyle is taking effect..

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Naproxen For Patient With High Blood Pressure?

I am currently taking lisinopril 20mg 2x daily and Metoprolol 100mg 2x daily to control my blood pressure. I was have been diagnosed with sciatica which has driven my blood pressure up to 130's/90's in the past week. My question is, my doctor prescribed me Naproxen 500mg to take as needed for sciatic pain. Has anyone had any issues using Naproxen short term and interfering with their blood pressure?

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Hypertension :: High Blood Pressure At Young Age 27

I have got BP problem at very young age 27 ,my bp is high always it some time 180/110,160/100 and sometime 143/77 , I have gone through blood test urine test all my test are normal,my bp was detected 2 years back when my weight was 110 kg but i decided to loose my weight instead of going for medication after 1 and the half year my weight is 92 but still my bp is high ,doc have told me to go for medication ,now I m starting with medication but I am feeling depressed how come my bp is detected at such young age need ur help guys ,is der no any other way den taking medicine .

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High Blood Pressure :: Episodic Hypertension - Spike Well Over 160/110

I have sporadic periods of hypertension where my bp will spike well over 160/110.  They can last for days, or just an hour, but it is causing me a lot of problems because they can occur at anytime.  When the bp spikes happen at night, I wake up shaking.  I cannot take beta blockers because they make my bp go even higher.  I am taking clonidine when I have these spikes.  I am unable to take any other blood pressure medicine because at times my blood pressure is normal and bp meds will make it go too low.  I have been tested for a pheochromocytoma, sometimes the tests are positive and sometimes they are negative.  I also am hypokalemic and take quite a bit of potassium daily.

In addition I have extreme fatigue, shaking from time to time, muscle pain/weakness.  I usually am hot when others in the same room are fine, and have episodes of sweating and facial flushing.  I run a fever from time to time, have a rash from time to time and tinnitus.  I also have sleep apnea and sleep with a CPAP every night.

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High Blood Pressure :: Prolonged Use Of Zyrtec D Cause Hypertension?

Recently i have been diagnosed with hypertension. My BP varies in range of 130-140 and 80-90. I am not on medicine yet to lower BP. Trying to control by physical activities and diet plan.

I have been on Zyrtec D (syrup) daily dosage of 2.5-5 ml for past 6 years.

Can prolonged use of this medicine cause hypertension?

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