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Mailbag: High Blood Pressure & Weight Loss Supplements

January 7th, 2009

Some people need to avoid stimulants......

Some people need to avoid stimulants......


I’m a 55 y.o. woman on (hypertension drug) for my high blood pressure and need to lose about 25-30 pounds. I joined a gym last November and am exercising as much as I can, I’m trying to eat right, too but it’s so hard to lose weight at my age.  I sure could use some help. I can’t have any caffeine or stimulants, so most of the diet pills are off-limits. What are my best options in terms of supplements I ‘can’ use?

Thanks for any help,

Freida J.

Ohiopyle, PA

Dear Freida,

There are a few types of supplements that might help.  Keep in mind that for any of these supplements, technically you’d still need to check with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about using them along with your medication. If you have to do that, don’t ambush them with your “Can I use this?” question at the end of your next visit.  That puts them on the spot and makes it likely that they’ll dismiss the idea out of hand, before giving it any real consideration. A better approach is to print out the best information you can find on a supplement, put that into a folder, and drop it off at your doctor’s office, asking if the doctor wouldn’t mind reviewing it at their convenience (the 1st key phrase) and letting you know if they have any objections to your using it (the 2nd key phrase).

OK, onto your supplements. We can think of at least 3 good candidates, which could all be used together if you wish.

...there are still some good weight-loss supplements they can use.

...there are still some good weight-loss supplements they can use.

If you overeat, or snack excessively, or both, you might get some good results with an effective appetite suppressant.  The best one in terms of effectiveness is also the least likely to create problems with your meds since it’s just a type of fiber.  Glucomannan fiber, also known as konjac (KON-yak) or Ju Ruo (chew row), is taken in capsule form, with a glass of water about 20-30 minutes before a meal. Glucomannan fiber is able to absorb large quantities of water. By pre-loading your stomach  with healthy and nutritionally inert fiber, you feel full with less food. Plus, the fiber slows the release of carb calories into your system, which is ideal for insulin efficiency and keeping your metabolism robust.  Glucomannan may even help lower or stabilize cholesterol. Very inexpensive and easy-to-use, you just take 2-3 capsules with a glass of water before a meal. It makes it much easier to discipline yourself and quit the snacks, junk food and midnight kitchen raids!

Maybe you’re not really an overeater and maybe overeating isn’t really the problem. Studies have shown that  a compound present in both regular and decaffeinated green tea extract (EGCG) helps to fight obesity with no adverse side-effects whatsoever.  Try using a decaf green tea extract in capsule form, 2-3 times a day, every day and drinking brewed decaf green tea wouldn’t hurt either.  Just don’t sweeten it with sugar or anything sugary. Try stevia, xylitol or erythritol instead.

7-Keto, which is marketed under that name and a few variations, is a criminally overlooked supplement for fat loss. 7-Keto is a non-hormonal metabolite of the natural hormone DHEA. Actually, given your age, DHEA itself wouldn’t be a bad idea if your doctor is on board with it. But 7-Keto is able to increase metabolism, which increases the number of calories burned, and that of course is the direction in which we want to go.  Durk Pearson and Sandy Shaw, two of the foremost pioneers of nutritional supplements and science, use 7-Keto as part of their weight loss success, so that speaks to its effectiveness.

Good luck with your weight loss and please let us know how these work for you should you decide to try them out. Use products like these consistently for at least 1-3 months to realize the full effects.

2 Responses to “Mailbag: High Blood Pressure & Weight Loss Supplements”

  1. July 13, 2009 at 8:49 am, april womack said:

    I was very interested in a reply to Freida about problems with weight loss. I have no medical problems, in fact my yearly physical just completed was excellent. But no matter what I do, my weiight just keeps cllimbing. I just turned 61 and am more active than many women my age. Go to the gym as often as I can doing weights, cardio, yoga. Work at my fathers farm weekly getting so tired at times that I have to stop and nap. I also work part time at a hospital at a very active job and I photograph weddings on the side. Then there is the yard work, house work, I could go on and on. I suffer from constant exhaustion. I eat well, no junk, soda, any of that. Follow a modified Adkins program with lots of fresh fruits and vegies. I just had a weekend from hell, 3 days of getting up at 4:30 a.m. going to my job, and working on a two consecutive day wedding after I got off work. I has taken me a day to recover from it. Yet with all that, I gained 2 pounds. No I didn’t eat cake! But I did eat at home, my food. Lecithin has been suggested as another possiblity. With all this do you have any further suggestions for me? Thanks so much, I am desparate to lose 20 pounds.

  2. May 06, 2011 at 8:40 am, Denise White said:


    I am a lady over 60 and need to lose about 70 pounds. I have tried wieght Watcher’s and many other diets and reach a plateux after I lose abou 20 pounds. No one will hire me because of my age even though I have been an Off. Mgr. for 20+ years. I am taking medical billing (on-line) and will be seeking employment in about 3 months. This is so important because we have just gone into foreclosure on our home (2nd time) and we have to move. I have been very encouraged about the job opportunites in the area that I will be moving to but I know that I would make a younger presence if I lose at least 30 pounds by then. I also have a mild case of MS. that means that I have foot drop in my left leg. It was slightly corrected when I had back surgery and I can hide my limp very well. I need both an appetite suppresent and something to lose stored fat. I am going to start an excersize plan Monday but I need help. Please advse, if you can. What additional supplements should I take? I also take Tenormin and thyroid medicine.

    Thank you so much in advance for your help.

    Denise White

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