Am I Gaining Weight Due To My Blood Pressure Medicine?

By Christian Goodman

Now is the time of year where it is definitely hard to resist temptation to overindulge in food. For many of my clients however, they have a weight concern all year round due to their high blood pressure (hypertension) medication.

All high blood pressure medications are prescription medicines and should be respected as the potentially dangerous drugs that they are.

The following are the side effects caused by the high blood pressure medications. They are marked, weight gain, fluid retention, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, (due to vomiting and diarrhea most likely), skin rashes, extreme tiredness, weakness, leg cramps, constipation, bleeding gums, frequent urination (especially at night), low potassium, dry mouth, vertigo (dizziness), headache, excessive hair growth, insomnia, nightmares, cold hands and feed and sensitivity to sunlight.

Because of fluid retention, lethargy, lack of sleep (we compensate by gaining lost energy from food) and depression, it's no wonder that people reduce or stop exercising and quite frequently turn to food for comfort. What comes next? We gain weight of course.

While some only gain a few pounds, many patients have reported gaining in excess of a hundred pounds over the course of a year! This would, in turn put that person in the obesity category, if he or she weren't already there, which in turn, would lead to a new risk factor for high blood pressure.

Other serious side effects include: gout, increased blood sugar (especially bad for diabetics), low blood pressure, slow heart beat, fast heart beat, birth defects and death in fetuses of pregnant women, erectile dysfunction, depression, and get this - risk of heart attack!

Apart from hypertension the patient now carries the risk of developing diabetes, osteoarthritis, metabolic syndrome and high cholesterol.

Weight gain and other related ones will make you depresses if high blood pressure doesn't.

When they get depressed the patient will tend to take very little high blood pressure medication or completely stops taking it. It is not advised to stop taking medicines that is prescribed without the consultation of the physician.

Believe me when I say I understand how difficult it can be to convince a physician that medicine isn't the best option for you. If you are currently taking medicine for high blood pressure, try adding a few natural approaches to lower your blood pressure in order to convince your doctor that you can reduce or eliminate the medicine?

A few ways for you to help lower blood pressure without medication include: Stop smoking, avoid over indulging in alcohol, maintain a healthy weight, reduce sodium in the diet and reduce stress.

My high blood pressure program is also highly recommended. It works and it is easy to start and easy to maintain consistently.

If weight loss is your concern, I also recommend my Weight Loss Breeze program. The simple to do exercises have proven results!

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