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How Does Ketosis Affect Blood Pressure

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Can A Low Carb Diet Lower Blood Pressure?

We previously looked at research suggesting that a well-planned, low-carb diet coupled with exercise can help you lower blood sugar, triglycerides, and body weight and also improve HDL cholesterol and insulin sensitivity. But what impact does ketogenic diet have on blood pressure? Recent research suggests that maintaining an optimal blood pressure is even more critical for your heart and overall health than previously thought. Read below to learn how cutting carbs and keto may be a good tool in maintaining a healthy blood pressure. What is Blood Pressure? Before looking at the research, we need to straighten out the sometimes intimidating terminology behind blood pressure. Blood pressure, often shortened as BP, is the pressure exerted by blood upon the walls of blood vessels. Typically, it refers to the pressure exerted upon arteries which are the vessels that carry blood away from the heart. As you might know, BP is usually expressed as one number over another. The top number, called systolic pressure, refers to the amount of pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts. This is the maximum pressure exerted upon the walls of the blood vessels. The bottom number, called dias Continue reading >>

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  1. beyondthesmile

    Does keto affect blood pressure?

    I was pleasantly surprised to find that my blood pressure has dropped (a good thing). This past summer my diastolic number was always 80ish, usually a bit higher than that. I checked my blood pressure a few times a few days ago and found that my BP has dropped to 107/74 (108/75 at one point). I don't think this is just from working out because I was working out in the summer and my BP didn't change much.
    The only thing I can think of is that since starting keto I eat less processed food, which are usually laden with sodium. But could this change make a difference in such a short time?
    Does keto itself (either being in ketosis, or eating a higher fat, low carb diet) affect blood pressure? I'm not complaining, just wondering what I can attribute this positive change to

  2. CanuckTank

    you betcha, mine dropped as well. Less fat, less blood pressure.

  3. DecemberDays86

    It's two things. Like you said, the low-sodium nature of keto helps reduce blood pressure. The other thing is that your body tends to hold onto less water when you have little to no carbohydrates to burn off. This further reduces the amount of water in your body and makes your BP drop.
    My BP is usually 120/70 and on keto it can get as low as 100/60 in the morning. Stay hydrated!

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