Okay, I don’t get it. I really, truly do not understand this. Apparently I have developed higher blood pressure. It’s like 139/87. What? I’ve never, I repeat, never been that high before, not even during pregnancy, if I recall correctly.
So, concerned about this latest development, I come home to do a little research on causes for high blood pressure.
- Smoking – No
- Being overweight or obese – Yes, which is why I’m losing weight. But WHY would my blood pressure go UP when my weight goes DOWN?
- Lack of physical activity – No
- Too much salt in the diet – Not only no, but hell no right now.
- Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day) – No. See above.
- Stress – Yes, but not the crazy kind right now.
- Older age – No
- Genetics – Yes, but why NOW when not any time before?
- Family history of high blood pressure – Yes, but the rest of them are morbidly obese and have a case of stupid.
- Chronic kidney disease – No
- Adrenal and thyroid disorders – No, and because of family history, I’ve had this checked often.
So, to sum up – I’ve developed something which has hitherto not been a problem. This is crazy. When I weighed nearly 100 pounds more (seriously, nearly 100 pounds), my blood pressure was nowhere near that high. When I ate lots of crap, my blood pressure was reliably lower. I am not about to advocate eating lots of crap. There must be another answer.
I just don’t know. My current philosophy is that I just need to keep on track and see if it settles down once I reach my goal weight.
On the other hand, the rational thinking hand, maybe it’s just because I’ve been fighting off an eye infection and drinking coffee. I can give up caffeine if I must, and I think I’ll go ahead and make the sacrifice to ditch the eye infection.
So, okay, my family (which here only includes parents & older siblings), who eats nothing but salt, sugar, and grease, and who moves at about the rate and agility of a grounded tree sloth, has high blood pressure. So right there I’ve got the family history and the genetics, but I wonder why it’s showing up now.
Is it the stress? Is it the diet? If it’s the stress, well, I don’t think that’s going to go away any time soon, but I can try meditation and different exercise. And with the stress, I’ve kind of come to peace with a lot of things. It still could be. I think I’m wound a little tight right now on some issues, to be honest. If it’s the diet, I’m not giving up the only thing that’s worked to reduce my weight. As I said earlier, I am loathe to change that until I reach my goal.
Okay, so my goals will be to increase meditation time, fight off my eye infection,
reduce caffeine, and increase exercise. Well, 3 out of 4 ain’t bad.
I’ll keep ya’ posted.