Diabetes and High Blood Presure

By MewElla Latest Reply 2013-03-19 14:30:59 -0500
Started 2013-03-14 10:52:21 -0500

High blood pressure over the years can lead to complications. Suggestions to decrease and control the high blood pressure are:
East less sodium and shake less salt on your food
Limit your use of processed foods, like canned soups, cold cuts, hot dogs, frozen dinners and packaged mixes.
Try to use chicken, fish and meats not processed, smoked or with sauces.
Try crackers or snack foods that have 150-200 mg of sodium.
Try natural cheeses like mozzarella or cheddar rather than processed cheeses.
Limit your salt in cooking, try herbs and spices.
Eat more potassium, if your diet allows- choose from broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes or squash
Try more fat free dairy foods for calcium
Try to be active each day; helps with loosing weight
Lose a few pounds…this will have the biggest effect on blood pressure
These are just a few suggestions to change eating habits to help keep your blood pressure in a better range.

25 replies

cirwom 2013-03-18 20:15:46 -0500 Report

There are other substitutes to use than salt. I find putting a little lemon juice makes things taste real good, in addition Mrs.Dash has plenty of products that are salt free. I have gotten into the habit of reading everything before I buy it, I've grown accustom to looking at the salt content. For those that like potato chips, I find those baked Cape Cod chips to be very low on salt and some have no salt at all. Changing habits is very hard to do but necessary in order to stay alive.

ashes2angel83 2013-03-18 13:49:36 -0500 Report

I was on high blood pressure medication for a few years and when I lost 45 pounds my doctor was comfortable enough to take me off of my medication. When he took me off of the medication he monitored my blood pressure for a month and was happy with keeping me off of it. I also had changed up my diet a bit to help lose weight but the weight loss was the biggest factor of my blood pressure being lowered.

tinkerbell54 2013-03-19 11:41:24 -0500 Report

do u like gardening it a great way to get outside & have some fun. Take some walks around a pond. Tinkerbell54

ashes2angel83 2013-03-19 13:08:26 -0500 Report

I moved in with my boyfriend a few months ago when he bought a new house. We have lots of plans for the outside including a flower garden and possibly a veggie garden. There are also a lot of really nice parks that we go to and walk. We really enjoy it and it is relaxing. Thank you for the ideas! Now if I could actually make the flowers I plant grow without killing them that would be a plus! :)

ashes2angel83 2013-03-19 14:01:07 -0500 Report

I would love to have a veggie garden, I am just not sure if I will be able to put the time in it that it will need. I may just start off small and go from there!

jayabee52 2013-03-19 14:12:35 -0500 Report

yes it does take more tending than a flower garden, to be sure. Start small would be the way to go. I grew up on a farm so it was second nature to me. And when raising my 3 sons, we had a lot of good food inexpensively and had something for my boys to do (even though they grumbled about it - but now they're grown it is a good memory for them).

Miss_Teal 2013-03-18 13:19:29 -0500 Report

This is very very true. I cut out a lot of processed foods and lower my BP. I'm still on a Diuretic but nothing else. My doctor is amazed at how much it went down. I keep a weekly log - now if I can only get my stress level down…lol

rowl 2013-03-16 18:37:52 -0500 Report

sorry i just trying to type out something new to this site is it bad when blood sugar is over 200 inbetween 270

jayabee52 2013-03-16 18:54:13 -0500 Report

It is definitely not a good thing to have your BG in the range you indicated continuously. What have you been trying to do to control your diabetes ?

rowl 2013-03-16 19:08:38 -0500 Report

yea i think im type 1 not totaly sure but i changed my eatting habbits
new to this just found on in jan

jayabee52 2013-03-16 19:21:20 -0500 Report

uh, yes I think so. see my posting below and tell us what you consume by way of meals in a day. Please include foods and drinks and amounts consumed.

jayabee52 2013-03-16 19:16:40 -0500 Report

really doesn't matter which type you are, but what are you trying to do to control it? And in what way are you changed your eating habits.

I changed my eating habits when I was first Dx'd myself and I mistakenly thought that eating rice cakes was "healthy" but I was mistaken in that I was unknowingly (at that time) eating way too many carbohydrates!

Tell us what a typical meal would be like for you. Please include how much of what food or drink you typically consume.

FiberAll 2013-03-14 16:35:01 -0500 Report

I have seen when my blood pressure is better, more likely my blood sugar is going to be better although this does not mean like my situation when my blood sugar is better, my blood sugar will always follow, but it has been a good indication of it being better at least. I am not sure if I am commenting the right place. I WUV the salt free chips which taste as good as the others and the same fat content. I am crazy about chips and when I can get the salt free chips, I get more of them since I don't worry about the salt as much. I am sure this don't help much.

jayabee52 2013-03-14 17:28:06 -0500 Report

Yes if your only concern is the salt that would be OK, however one has to consider the carbs in the chips. For me I skip the chips entirely!

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