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Huge Changes = No More Lisinopril
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sostrong1964 posted:
About 11 years ago, at 219 pounds (5'0" tall) my MD noticed a pattern of borderline per-hypertension BP readings (e.g., 125/82). He recommended lisinopril & something for cholesterol, despite my NEVER having blood work indicating that cholesterol was an issue. I refused the cholesterol med & ate one bowl of cheerios or oatmeal a day. The next physical, my cholesterol was down 41 points (even though it wasn't necessary) - but a good thing nonetheless. Today, 125/82 is classified as hypertension due to AHA guideline changes.
Jump ahead 11 years - I've lost 75 pounds, get 4-6 days of cardio exercise (at least 45 minutes) every week, do yoga & strength training. I try to eat well, but admit I am no saint about it. After the weight loss and lifestyle changes, I asked my MD if I could reduce or eliminate the lisinopril. He flat out refused to even consider the idea.
With 28 yrs experience in the health insurance industry, and with all the sciences I studied pursing my massage therapy license, I felt confident to try despite his objections.
I was sure I could ween off the lisinopril. So I began using CoQ10, reduced the lisinopril dose, and kept up the cardio/strength training. TODAY, I am entirely off the lisinopril with weekly BP readings in the 1-teens (over) under 80.
The reason I write this: health insurers mine every ounce of data based on your medical expenses, and over time, they use that information. Despite my weight loss, sustained lifestyle changes and regular blood work that consistently proves my blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol are measuring fantastic, my own employer has me 'flagged' as a high-risk for cardiac disease.
It's blatant BS. I monitor my BP every week; and it's consistently good. So I have to question, in whose best interest does my (former) doctor work? I have become jaded against the western medical establishment. Based on my studies in the field of massage therapy and exposure to nutrition and exercise physiology, there is no argument that individuals can do remarkable things without prescription drug intervention. I don't suggest or advocate disobeying your doctor (especially if you are overweight, not exercising, not eating well, etc.). BUT, if you make lifestyle changes and sustain them (for me, more than six years), and your doctor says none of that contributes to your improved health - you need to lose that doctor like you need to lose head lice.
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