Diabetic with hbp & thyroid problem

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 3/15/2005 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello, im a new to the this board.  I am trying to find out if any one on the diabetes forum have high blood pressure and what works for them.
I have tried many, many bp meds with little results.  Right now im taking clonidine .01 4x daily, verapamil 240, and torsemide.  the lowest i can get my bp is 153/68. I am worried that this is damaging my other organs by having hbp. My gp said my bp should be 130/80.
Can any of you tell me what you do to keep your glucose & bp down.  The diuretics (hctz & lasix) caused my glucose to rise to 10.9, but once i halfed the pill, my glucose dropped to 7.2.
I really need meds to lower my bp.  Any experience or suggest welcomed.

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   Posted 3/16/2005 10:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I've found that exercise and less salt helps but the best thing I found was called 'Baby Breathing'. I read about it in Reader's Digest. I got my bp down to 122/82. If you watch a sleeping infant breathe while lying on his back you will see the correct way to get the best air exchange in your lungs. Filling the lower lobes of your lungs will increase your oxygen levels, affects your parasympathetic system (don't know why) and helps lower your bp. I don't know why this works, but my doctor was so impressed he asked me for a copy of the article.

Practice filling your lungs by making your stomach move in and out, not raising your shoulders. When you are sure you are doing it correctly (check yourself inthe mirror) start doing deep breathing exercises 5 to 10 times a day. Take two or three nice deep breaths and exhales then take an extra big one and exhale slowly through your lips. Repeat. Then breathe regularly. The article recommended doing this at red lights, while waiting for the elevator, waiting in line at the grocery store... that type of thing. It also has a very calming affect on your mood and if you practice it in bed at night it really helps you fall asleep. I do it as often as I think of it... like every time you see a Geiko commercial (LOL!) or whenever I look at the clock.

Give it a try... hope this helps.
~ Jeannie

"As one goes through life one learns if you don't paddle your own canoe you don't move."
-Katherine Hepburn

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   Posted 3/17/2005 7:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie. I think i will try the deep breathing exercises. After reading your post, i took five minutes in a comfortable chair and tried the deep breathing exercises. Then i took my bp, which was 140/82, it had ran about 152/85 all day.

Thanks for the suggestion.
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