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DH with high BP

Happy Wednesday, Ladies!

My husband hadn't gone to see a doctor in years but with the baby coming, he finally decided he should get a check up. Every time we had tested his blood pressure on the machines they have in stores, he was always a little high and the doctor confirmed that he does in fact have high blood pressure. Thankfully, that's the only test/lab that came back bad.

DH really does not want to be medicated for it unless he has to be, so the doctor told him to exercise and eat better for the next 3 months and he'll recheck it at that point to decided our next steps.  So, I've been googling the heck out of this and found some helpful information- less salt, more exercise, less red meat, etc.  Yet, I still feel a little lost.  I'm terrible at meal planning and feel slightly overwhelmed with the idea of spending the next 3 months meshing eating right for the baby and eating right to lower DH's BP.

Does anyone have any experience with naturally lowering their blood pressure? Any healthy (and easy!) recipes? Or even any experience with being medicated for it? For some reason, the idea of being medicated for it scares me and my husband.  Although, maybe not medicating it should scare us more?

Thanks in advance for your help! Here's a cat-



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Married May 18, 2013
Expecting our first child April 3, 2015

Re: DH with high BP

  • In January I was in the same boat as your H. Odd, because I never had an issue with it before and was 3years into running(though I admit it wasn't very regular!)

    I upped my water intake, reduced my sodium mostly by working on cutting out as much prepackaged food as I could. I reduced the red meat and we have swapped it out for fish, which lucky for me my husband actually loves. Lastly I added in walking 30 minutes a day. We made room for a treadmill in the house since we live in Oregon and it rains a lot. It helps me get the extra walking in. I purchased a BP monitor for use at home and used it pretty regularly for awhile. Within 6 months my borderline high BP was back in normal range. It's easier to do when you're able to monitor it yourself at home, it really helped me get a feel for what caused it to rise or drop.

    Good luck and good for your husband for wanting to be healthy and take care of himself for the sake of your child. That's great!
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  • If your husband enjoys the occasional beer or glass of wine, it may be worth abstaining for a few days and checking at the store to see if there's a difference. Alcohol raises my blood pressure, and gave me a false high reading last year.
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  • If you don't think dietary restrictions are possible I would be more afraid of not taking the med than taking it. Of course if he can diet and exercise to bring it down, that's ideal!
    KatyInNH[Deleted User][Deleted User]nursenikki80

  • If you don't think dietary restrictions are possible I would be more afraid of not taking the med than taking it. Of course if he can diet and exercise to bring it down, that's ideal!
    Yeah, I'm really hoping we can get his numbers down by March or else I guess we'll have to consider him being medicated. With him being only 29, it's hard for me to imagine him being medicated. We're still young enough to think we're invincible!
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    Married May 18, 2013
    Expecting our first child April 3, 2015
  • If he's at all overweight have him lose the weight. Every pound of fat contains 7 miles of blood vessels that your heart has to work to pump blood through. Bang for buck weight loss is amazing for lowering BP.
    KatyInNH
  • Diet for husband should be good enough for you as well. Fresh veggies and fruits, lean meats. Excercise is huge. Start walking at a brisk pace 3x/week. Look up DASH diet. Also, American heart association has tons if Info online as well.
    KatyInNH
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    edited December 2014

    My DH has hypertension (and diabetes) and is medicated for it.  I had pregnancy hypertension with #1 & #2.  This time I don't b/c I lost 100 pounds between #2 and #3. 

    Anyways...the biggest thing I noticed was that when I stopped eating processed foods - canned soup, lean cuisines, jarred sauces, deli/lunch meat, snack foods like chips and pretzels - my blood pressure was much easier to control.

    Convenience foods have sodium...lots of sodium in them to preserve them and make them taste good.  Low fat/fat free/light things are sneaky and usually have lots of sodium and other additives to make them taste better...avoid that!

    Cooking from scratch at home allows you to limit the amount of salt/sodium in your foods.

    Swap chicken, shrimp, fish, turkey, pork, beans, tofu, and eggs for red meat at a few meals each week.


    There's tons of blogs and recipe sites out there...just google low sodium recipes.

    keep things simple...grill, bake, pan sear with a little olive oil for your proteins, serve with steamed/boiled/roasted veggies, add a whole grain carb option like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, sweet potato, quiona, any of the other little grains that you boil until soft...


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    DD 7/2010, DS 3/2012, #3 due 4/24/2015


    KatyInNH
  • Also...if you feel you need more guidance...get your DH to go see a nutritionist.  A diagnosis of hypertension usually gets insurance to cover a nutrition visit.  Go together, get ideas, ask questions.



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    DD 7/2010, DS 3/2012, #3 due 4/24/2015


    KatyInNH
  • If he's at all overweight have him lose the weight. Every pound of fat contains 7 miles of blood vessels that your heart has to work to pump blood through. Bang for buck weight loss is amazing for lowering BP.

    I thought adipose tissue was avascular, which is one of the reasons why it weighs much less than muscle...
    It doesn't have great blood supply (other than brown fat) but the lower density is because oil is less dense than water.

    I've seen anywhere from 3.5 to 7 miles quoted but either way it's pretty shocking! And crazy that you reabsorb those vessels if you burn the fat!
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  • My husband (30) had been on HBP meds since he was 25. He's healthy, active, a healthy eater, but HBP runs in his family. He went off the meds a few years ago and took some vitamin supplements that have helped lower his BP. It's worth looking into, he researched it and we were able to get all the vitamins at GNC. Like everyone else has said, upping water intake is huge, as well as cutting sodium. Hope it all works out for him.
    KatyInNH
  • If he's at all overweight have him lose the weight. Every pound of fat contains 7 miles of blood vessels that your heart has to work to pump blood through. Bang for buck weight loss is amazing for lowering BP.

    I thought adipose tissue was avascular, which is one of the reasons why it weighs much less than muscle...
    It doesn't have great blood supply (other than brown fat) but the lower density is because oil is less dense than water.

    I've seen anywhere from 3.5 to 7 miles quoted but either way it's pretty shocking! And crazy that you reabsorb those vessels if you burn the fat!
    Ok so I tried to find out whether 3.5 or 7 was correct and pulled out physiology text book from med school and it says 200 miles, lol!!! Somehow i cannot fathom that being correct but no matter what, more fat equals more vessles and that means more resistance and higher bp.

    Here's a pic of the page in the book:
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  • Also...if you feel you need more guidance...get your DH to go see a nutritionist.  A diagnosis of hypertension usually gets insurance to cover a nutrition visit.  Go together, get ideas, ask questions.

    I didn't even think of doing that! I'll definitely look into it.

    I'm probably over-thinking the eating part of it. I find myself questioning every little thing in our meals now. Like, is the carb portion of the meal too large, how much olive oil is is too much, is that baked russet potato I'm craving bad for him to eat,  how much cheese can I use, etc. Between my pregnancy and his high blood pressure, I feel like I'm spending half my life on Google.  :D
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    Married May 18, 2013
    Expecting our first child April 3, 2015
  • No one has mentioned garlic? If it's the thought of taking chemicals that he is opposed to, garlic works great at lowering blood pressure and it's available as a supplement of he doesn't like the taste. I don't know which part of NH you are from, but A Market in Manch, the natural food store in hooksett, and coop in Concord all have the supplement form.

  • No one has mentioned garlic? If it's the thought of taking chemicals that he is opposed to, garlic works great at lowering blood pressure and it's available as a supplement of he doesn't like the taste. I don't know which part of NH you are from, but A Market in Manch, the natural food store in hooksett, and coop in Concord all have the supplement form.
    I'm way up near Lebanon but I bet our co-op here has it. Luckily we both love garlic so adding it to our food would not be a problem but taking it as a supplement is a good idea.
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    Married May 18, 2013
    Expecting our first child April 3, 2015
    fourthtimesacharm
  • My DH has hypertension (and diabetes) and is medicated for it.  I had pregnancy hypertension with #1 & #2.  This time I don't b/c I lost 100 pounds between #2 and #3. 

    Anyways...the biggest thing I noticed was that when I stopped eating processed foods - canned soup, lean cuisines, jarred sauces, deli/lunch meat, snack foods like chips and pretzels - my blood pressure was much easier to control.

    Convenience foods have sodium...lots of sodium in them to preserve them and make them taste good.  Low fat/fat free/light things are sneaky and usually have lots of sodium and other additives to make them taste better...avoid that!

    Cooking from scratch at home allows you to limit the amount of salt/sodium in your foods.

    Swap chicken, shrimp, fish, turkey, pork, beans, tofu, and eggs for red meat at a few meals each week.


    There's tons of blogs and recipe sites out there...just google low sodium recipes.

    keep things simple...grill, bake, pan sear with a little olive oil for your proteins, serve with steamed/boiled/roasted veggies, add a whole grain carb option like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, sweet potato, quiona, any of the other little grains that you boil until soft...


    I second this! Avoiding pre-packaged and processed foods is so important. If you're making meals from scratch and season them with salt at the table, you'd still have a dtrastically lower salt intake than when eating processed foods.
    Lexy

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