[quote]Zack Nelson wrote:
Has your MD talked to you about the effect of weight loss and blood pressure. I understand you are a bodybuilder, but losing weight tends to lower blood pressure in and of itself. Also salt consumption can reduce the effectiveness of ARBs. How is your vegetable and fruit consumption?[/quote]
Yeah, I am definitely aware that losing weight can reduce BP. As you mentioned, being a bodybuilder, of course I am interested in maximizing size, although I could stand to lose a little fat. I need to up the cardio again, which I was starting to do last year, but got away from recently as I have been more into focusing on size and strength lately. I do try to watch the salt too within reason. Fruits and veggies intake is pretty good., I probably do not eat as much as I should every single day, but have a pretty regular intake of broccoli, spinach, carrots, tomato, apples, oranges, grapes, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, blackberries. For a while last year too I tried using hawthorne berry, grape seed extract, co-enzyme Q-10, garlic and arginine to try to bring it down naturally. Did not make a huge difference. Not sure, but I think the arginine may have actually gave me some issues with my heart too, seemed to stop after I stopped taking it.
Just wondering, how much are you paying for a 30 day supply of bennicar. It can’t be cheap.
It was a little over $40, for I think 15 tabs, since it is half of one per day.
[quote]Old Dax wrote:
Interested as to the assertion that pump= higher BP, any evidence? BP is elevated by training but whether the pump itself elevates BP IDK.[/quote]
No evidence, just a guess. I hope there is no relation between pump and BP, I do generally look for the pump since I enjoy it. I am glad to hear you notice no difference in training. As stated above, it might just be in my head. It is just that for the longest time I have had a stigma with taking the BP meds, I always thought, until I researched it more, that only the fat or elderly needed to take this sort of med and thought if an athlete needed it, the days of excelling at a super-high level were over.