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I Have High Blood Presure Can I Take Supplements To Help Me Wit My Workout
Caveat emptor: Please recognize that there are very limited objective and validated data suggesting that supplements are truly beneficial. Nonetheless, patients may still "feel" better on supplements, for a variety of reasons. You also should be aware that supplements, depending on their sources, may have other agents that may be biologically active, some of which may worsen high blood pressure. Be careful! ...Read more
A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more
How low?: Hi. Many people call things "hypoglycemia" that have nothing to do with blood sugar. Are you a diabetic on blood sugar lowering drugs (particularly insulin)? If not, you probably don't have low blood sugar. If you ARE a diabetic on insulin (or less likely, a sulfonylurea), You should check your blood sugar when you think you might be low. Talk with your doctor about a good goal BG range. ...Read more
I m diagnosed with high blood pressure recently n my doc prescribed me a tablet daily. Want to know can I continue tht tablet during pregnancy?
Depends: It depends on which medication it is. Some blood medications are well tried and presumed safe during pregnancy. There are also some medications that are known to be dangerous during pregnancy. Talk to your doctor about the medication prescribed and your pregnancy. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have 24/7 anxiety disorder i am trying to check my blood pressure spike to 144/88 and 144 heart i am trying to check my blood pressure but i cant?
Anxiety: Are you under the care of a physician? Do you actually have high blood pressure or are you checking it because you have anxiety about your health? Are you saying that your pulse is 144? It sounds like you need medication or at least a really good strategy for managing your anxiety. If your doctor hasn't told you to check your blood pressure, I think it your case it would be better not to. ...Read more
I am 47 yo, female, had my blood test and had a high cholesterol level. I don't want to start on statins. Can i drink fish oil instead? What dosage?
Get a few opinions: I'm assuming you already have healthy eating habits and that you exercise. If it's still high, you can blame your genes. The last several years worth of studies on the effectiveness of fish oil for atherosclerosis -- and even studies of the inuit people for whom the claims were made -- have been disappointing. Before starting statins tho get several opinions. Thanks for writing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
You can: The problem is that there isn't a medication on the market that just reduces sex drive. Certainly some things can affect it, but they usually have indications. Behavioral therapy may help more. The use of the birth control pill may slightly effect your testosterone level. Sex drive has mulitple levels. Its brain chemistry plus hormonal. Some antidepressants also alter sex drive ...Read more
I. Have diabetes and got numbers checked and my A1c level was 9.0 what foods can I eat to help me lower this?
A1c = 9: Intensive lifestyle modification, not just dietary changes, but also a regular exercise program are recommended. Since this will be a lifetime commitment for you, would recommend consultation with a registered nutritionist / diabetic educator. Many hospitals and local community programs make this available to patients at no charge or for a nominal fee. Cutting your portions to half is a start. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have high cholesterol. I smoke and I do jogging 3-5 times a week. I do proper diets too. I didn't take any drugs. How can I lower my cholesterol?
Stop smoking: The way you ask your question, sounds like you are doing all you can do without medication. With family history of high cholesterol, you may be at the best you can do without medication. You don't say how high your cholesterol is, and with no other risk factors, you may not need medication yet. You do list smoking, though, so stop that. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have prediabetes and my triglicerides is 231 , can I take cinnamon tablets to help with my blood sugar?
Myths: Yes. But they will not have any efficacy in lowering your sugars or your weight. ...Read more
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Hi I am bipolar and i take meds. Will workout supplements affect me negatively? I take nitric oxide and creatine and am just wondering if they affect my brain chemistry or how my meds work?
Hypertension: Blood pressure medications now number over one hundred in the U.S. Pharmaceutical market. "water pills" are very unlikely to be the choice of your physician. You want medication that works effectively without side effects and medication that will not interact with other medications you might be on. The myth that water pills are also products to help one lose weight is 100% false if that why. ...Read more
Maybe: Low BP can be a good thing. You should only try to boost it if you're having frequent dizzy spells. Increasing your sodium and fluid intake will raise your BP but be careful what you wish for! ...Read more
Can u tell me what I can do or take to boost my metabolism I have very low energy I am always tried no matter how much sleep I get?
Not sure: I assume this is in fact an answer in reply to a response a HealthTap doctor completed. If so, ignore me. If not, it's unclear what you are asking. ...Read more
I am 16 weeks pregnant, do I need to take maternal vitamins? Yesterday I checked my blood, zinc is low, do I need take some medicine with zinc? Thanks
Yes: It is best to take your prenatal vitamins. Most Prenatal vitamins contain the necessary amount of Zinc required for pregnancy. Please check the ingredients in your vitamins. I am curious, why would you check your zinc level? I have not found it useful in pregnancy or any other time. Doing unnecessary tests brings on unnecessary interventions. Take care. Do not read too much. ...Read more
Diet, exercise, meds: No matter what type of diabetes you have, eating the correct diet that is low in concentrated sweets, higher in fiber and complex carbohydrates, lower calories if you need to lose weight is most important. Aerobic exercise is very important. There are many medications available to treat diabetes. You need to see your doctor to decide what is best for you. ...Read more
I am hyperthyroid and my blood pressure is 90/65. My Endocronolgist wants me to take propanol (10mg) to help with palps. Won't this drop my pressure?
Blood pressure is a measurement of the force placed on the blood vessels and is comprised of the "systolic" pressure (the top number on a blood pressure meter) which is the peak pressure when the heart is pumping, and the "diastolic" pressure (the bottom number on a blood pressure meter) which is the pressure during the resting phase ...Read more
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