The Blindingly Obvious

I had a visit to the docs last weekend. I’ve been having nosebleeds lately which is weird because when i was 8-ish I had my nose (or the veins in my nose, cauterised. Haven’t had a nose bleed since. I’m 54. So to start these nose bleeds was a bit disconcerting and advice from the FBH of: “Stop picking it!” didn’t help!

The doc didn’t seem too concerned and suggested that if they continue we can attend an ENT specialist and look at a re-cauterisation.

Anyway, as all docs do, they take your blood pressure weight etc. My blood pressure has always been fine. Even when I hadn’t expected it to but when under enormous pressure at work. It’s always 120/80.

Not this time! 155/90!

So, I’ve got high cholesterol, borderline diabetes and it might be I have blood pressure issues! Let’s not get too morbid but off to Dr Google to see how I can manage high blood pressure.

According to WebMD:

The exact causes of high blood pressure are not known, but several factors and conditions may play a role in its development, including:

  • SmokingĀ – X
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Lack of physical activity – X
  • Too much salt in the diet – X
  • Too much alcohol consumption (more than 1 to 2 drinks per day)
  • Stress – X
  • Older age – X (I’m 54! dammit!)
  • Genetics
  • Family history of high blood pressure ?
  • Chronic kidney disease ?
  • Adrenal and thyroid disorders -?
  • Sleep apnea – ?

Those with X next to it do not apply to me. Those with ? next to are going to be checked.

So the possible causes could be:

  • Being overweight – which I am technically, so I could lose a few pounds.
  • I may indulge in a red wine or two so I can cut that down.
  • Work isn’t stressful, trust me, though, in a role where there is little structure or planning I do get frustrated.

The others can all be checked. I did have sleep apnea checked in 2008 with some issues there but I just couldn’t wear the prescribed mask. This time round though I may persevere a bit more. And the technology may have gotten better.

And so, to the blindingly obvious…

Last week, after getting the high blood pressure reading, I decided to take two actions:

  1. remove there red wine from the diet on the week nights – addressing there alcohol aspect of the above list, and;
  2. only have one portion of the main meal and cut out sweets, carbs etc where I could – addressing the overweight/obese aspect.

This alone allowed me to shed 400g per day for the 5 days of the week. I made sure as much as I cold to walk 10,000 steps per day but, nevertheless, no wine and better portion sizes immediately affected my weight.

This being the case and, assuming it or a variation would continue, I’d hope lose 2-3 kgs before the City to Surf on 27 August. That alone will help with the time.

I see my doctor on Wednesday and will ask him to arrange a sleep trial to check again for the sleep apnea.

I don’t know why it takes a negative medical examination to motivate me (or anyone else) to change their habits.

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