I am hypoglycemic and have high blood pressure. Choosing a diet for me is proving difficult, as will finding drugs I can use. Thyroid pills raise blood pressure, blood pressure pills lower thyroid expression. I'm caught between the two with no apparent direction to go in. I would like to know what others have done to resolve a situation like this.
Well, fruits and vegetables fixed as simply as possible will
help with high blood pressure as they are high in potassium which lowers blood pressure in general. Fruit will give you a little boost to your low blood sugar problems. But if you just eat fruit, you'll soon be hungry, so I'd have it between meals [apple and few nuts, maybe].
I'd have a simple, old fashioned breakfast: 2 poached eggs, whole wheat toast or oatmeal. Fruit or not. Plums and prunes are high in potassium. Or orange juice, also high in
Lunch: lean protein: fish, chicken, no lunch meats. Veggies and rice or boiled potatoes tossed with homemade salad dressing: oil, vinegar, bit of sugar, dry mustard powder, any herbs makes a nice Italian. Add a bit of ketchup and blend well, for a french type dressing. You can make a ranch type dressing with yogurt [plain not runny] dill powder, garlic/onion powder [a bit], lemon juice, pepper a bit. This makes a great dressing for a baked potato or small homemade potato salad [boiled potatoes, cut up with whatever else you'd like].
Lots of fiber helps with low blood sugar. Like beans, brown rice, whole wheat [the real thing, not caramel colored soft bread]. If they still make it Roman Meal hot cereal is good.
Brown rice if soaked in the water in which you will cook it
for up to an hour, produces an enzyme which is good for lowering blood sugar. I like both kinds or rices, but I try to think of them as two separate grains so I am not comparing them. Fiber helps keep one regular, which helps with blood pressure, so it all works together.
Basically, fairly plain old fashioned foods. Variety.
I do not understand something; do you have a thyroid problem as well? Fish, oysters, seawood [think sushi, which you can make without the raw seafood. Put a treat inside
a roll of rice, rolled in seaweed is the idea]. Black walnuts also contain iodine.
I don't know how much you know about cooking, its helpful to know what you like or will eat, and what you can't stand, what's available in your area, and these days, what's your budget.
One thing which regulates both blood pressure and blood sugar[hypoglycemia] though is an old fashioned, daily stroll. Not jogging, or running, just a nice walk, maybe
8 blocks out, 8 back.
No licorice. Bad for blood pressure.
What has your doctor prescribed, and are you comfortable with what you've been told, or are you trying to do it with diet first?
Nothing has to be eaten in large amounts.
You need to eat five to six small meals throughout the day, this keeps your blood sugar more balanced and helps you be less hungry, if you have thyroid problems a herbal thryoid supplement should not affect your blood pressure and can help reenergise your thyroid. The How To Herb Book has a good recipe. As to licorice being bad for your blood pressure yes and no. Genuine from the plant liquorice root will lower your blood pressure so you have to be careful about using it. The previous poster gave excellant advice, just try to make your meals about 6 small ones rather than 3 large ones, eat protein, and avoid all refined carbohydrated. I have dealt with hypoglycemia most of my life, as well as hypothryoidism. The key is to eat a very balanced diet that is nutrient rich.
If your insurance will pay for a consult with a dieticien, it is worth every penny. Even when I have had to pay for this service myself, it has been extremely useful. They have so much information to give youl I have been a vegetarian & now am diabetic & I often see someone to help me make sure I am eating correctly for my own health issues. Good luck.
Ask your Pharmacist. They are a wealth of knowledge and free for the asking. Check the salt content on all food products.
Purchase the product NoSalt as a substitute.
Thank you for all the suggestions. I'm not a great cook, so it's good to hear what others have found that works.
I am seeing a doctor, but other than a basic "healthy diet" I didn't get any specific instructions. I am on Amlodipine for the blood pressure, and am taking calcium for leg cramps. I went in for thyroid issues and from the blood tests they realized I had high blood pressure and kidney disease. so I'm being good and taking the bp pills 2 times a day (high bp causes kidney disease). I have to watch the potassium, but for now my points are good for that. I'm middle aged, so I'm in mostly good shape. a little underweight, and having the above mentioned issues, but otherwise still as healthy as I've always been.
I will start eating more. I used to eat 3 or 4 meals with an occasional snack (banana/avocado/"healthy" cookies (Voortman's makes sugar free cookies that are relatively good for you and are quite good tasting. my husband's diabetic but wants cookies now and then)) but will throw in more small meals. I've always felt woosy if I ate too much, so I need to balance not just what but how much I eat, and I will see what besides our usual salad I can manage. we do still eat beef, but I no longer eat the fat and he never did, and I am trying to feed us Mediterranean style food. but I don't have the drive to cook, so it isn't as easy as it should be.
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