Strength training, ie build some muscle. Muscle requires energy and means calories burned.
Try running if you can, that will burn clories. If you can work up to running 3 miles in 30 mins each day you probably wont need the toprol.
Write down everything that goes in your mouth, you maybe surprised!!
Also if thats the only bp med you are taking then find another doc.."water pills" are more effective at lowering bp, beta blockers are great but usually are given with other risks other than just blood pressure.
I am on the treadmill daily now doing 30mins at a time, slow paced for now. I eat like a bird -and only eat good foods (no junk foods) I have done some reading on the subject of Toprol xl (beta blocker meds) and found it does cause waight gain (rapid) and bloating belly problems. side effects !!! as I was never overwaight before being put on Toprol xl . You see , I can loose waight and drop a few pounds.However the waight comes right back 2fold ! while taking Toprol xl its no joke . It upsets me, when I go and loose waight working out ,treadmill walking and walking 2 to 4 miles per day. to have it come right back again! as well as the belly bloating -
Iv had a few Doctors check my symptoms out , and they gave me no ansure , as to what really was the problem. when I asked to switch or be removed off the medication , they refused me. again Im very upset over this ! I have also contacted
the mfg of Toprol xl and they confirmed , about the rapid waight gain side effects!
Im looking into somekind of Natural meds for b.p ? who knows iv got try something
diffrent. as it seems man made chemicals are not the ansure or the cure !
and most of the hmo Doctors really dont spend the time to help people. yeah I switched me medical plan last month.. im out of the hmo system now.. somethings got to give ? most likely its me ! I will keep with the treadmill and walking daily
as I like it.. its just too bad when you eat right , and try to do right , im bound down by b.p meds.. I would say !
You really need to watch your salt intake. Yesterday I ate a piece of pizza (which I don't normally have) with olives and pepperoni no less! I weighed three pounds more today than I did yesterday. Many prepared foods have a ton of sodium in them and can cause weight swings especially if you have a heart condition. Beta blockers all seem to have the weight gain side affect as they "slow" everything down. (That means not only heart rate but metabolism as well.)
Forgot to add that limiting your salt will also help your bp.
I try and keep a carefull watch on salt.. intake - I buy the unsalted foods and never use salt for years
however your very right , about prepared foods we all eat. and so called "heart safe " foods as well.
as iv found as you said Tons sodium in them ( and they safe ?) not so !! but what can you do ?
I eat blan foods and very little . I really dont like beta blockers - and would like to get off the Toprol xl
but I have had problems with cal blockers and some ace inhibbitors. as well Im on Diovan and its causing vision problems blurring and lazy eye lids. so its got to go ! soon !!
yep Im a real mess ! when it comes medications.
Im wondering if there is a medication (man made chemical) that has no side effects ? or only a few
with out waight gain or hair loss, or vision problems. as to be honest iv been on these drugs for a long time and its taking a toll.. on me ! im always saying is it worth it ? most times its NO !
I have had the same thoughts lately. They just added an ace inhibitor back to my daily meds and it has dropped my bp significantly. I didn't have high blood pressure to begin with and was already on a beta blocker which dropped my bp. Now my bp is in the 80s / 50s range with it even dropping into the 70s/40s - they say your bp can't be low enough...I beg to differ!!! They have already cut back on my beta blocker to keep me on the ace inhibitor (along with several other meds). My primary problem (I think) is a valve problem but they won't do valve repairs until a patient is experiencing other issues with their heart as well (that is a whole other story - I already have atrial enlargement). So right now...I have to stay on tons of meds until I get bad enough. That STINKS! Of course there is no guess at how long that will be. So I will be on meds that will probably make other things fail (like a liver) until the heart gets bad enough. By then, I figure I will be in such bad shape health-wise, I won't qualify for the valve surgery.
Sorry for the venting...just want you to know I know where you are coming from!