I am 61, have been lchf for a little over 2 years. No longer taking antidepressants, diabetes meds, cholesterol meds, or blood pressure meds – for over a year. I never did have terrible blood pressure meds and actually only took them in stressful times. Then about Nov. ’17 my blood pressure has been ridiculously high – abnormally high! I eliminated foods with nitrates and nitrates and reduced the amount of bacon I ate by half. I do not want to take Rx. My last blood test – December showed my potassium at 3.5, and sodium was just fine. I have been passively increasing my potassium (via coconut water and Cream of Tarter) Nothing else has changed in my woe.
Does this group have any idea – 1. Why I suddenly have a problem and 2. what can I do about it. TIA
PS – I know you are not Drs. But I really believe in nutrition answers over chemical ones.
dietary nitrites/nitrates are the third leg so to speak of nitric oxide production and vasodilation.
Nitric Oxide Synthase as in endothelial (NOS3, eNOS) being one leg, and inducible (iNOS, NOS1) being the other.
I asked about hrt because for women estrogen is protective of blood pressure as it stimulates eNOS. If you have known mutations of eNOS and estrogen dropped, and or your eNOS became “uncoupled” because your folate and glutathione levels tanked and/or serum ferritin, copper levels high.
Other explanations are more specific to liver and kidney inflammation and nexus with aldosterone.
The sudden increase in systolic vs diastolic helps to understand the underlying cause.