Hope you find this interesting as I did:
Study done in 1998 (Journal of Diabetes) shows a link between a high sugar, high grain diet combined with inadequate exercise leads to diabetes and high blood pressure. In fact 2/3 of insulin resistant folks also have high blood pressure.
In my humble opinion simply adding one or two or MORE high blood pressure prescription drugs without changing your exercise and dietary regimen is NOT the answer. Remember all drugs come with side effects and many of the BP drugs list 2 or 3 pages of them. I know that not everyone is subject to multiple side effects, however I have ran into a lot of people that struggle with from one to perhaps 5 or 6 side effects and simply accept it as normal. When you multiply that by the synergism of 2 or perhaps 3 BP drugs, you have a problem.
My reading indicates that INSULIN stores magnesium and if insulin receptors are blunted, our cells grow resistant to insulin.
Stored magnesium in your cells relaxes muscles and if magnesium levels are LOW, constriction of blood vessels occurs which results in high blood pressure and sodium retention.
If insulin receptors are blunted as mentioned above, your lose the ability to store insulin and magnesium passes out of your body through the process of urination.
Looks like sort of a vicious cycle doesn't it?
Since there is a direct link between insulin resistance and high blood pressure, here are some tips to improve the situation:
- Get OFF the grains, and all the munchie/crunchie empty nutrition, empty calorie foods and products containing wheat and bread, even whole grain bread, donuts, muffins, cakes, pies, etc.
- Get off the processed convenience foods including 99% of breakfast cereals
- Cut way back on sugar in all its many forms
- Drastically reduce carbohydrate levels
- Start walking every day until you work up to 1.5 miles per day at a brisk pace
- DO some stretching exercises and some weight resistance training and CORE strengthening exercises every day or every other day
- Drink more pure water
- Invest in a Ninja smoothies maker or a VitaMixer and start drinking celery, apple, red beet and beet greens smoothies. Throw in some seedless grapes and perhaps some natural yogurt for flavor.
Drugs are not the answer and not a permanent solution if you really want to get well.