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27 Jan

High blood pressure
Hi doc, I am currently 43 years old. For years being playing Rugby until I injured my knee. Never went for any medical treatment. I stopped playing rugby a few years ago. I currently weigh 105kg. I am not on any blood pressure medication but I am worried as I went to see the doctor for an unrelated medical problem BP was 155/91. I exercise regularly and need to loose weight. I have a BP machine at home and regularly check my BP the average reading at home is 125/85. Is something wrong with the BP machine at home or is it a case of me stressing when I am about to see the doctor. I don't drink alcohol and don't smoke and regularly run 10km at least once a week and wake up 03h00 in the morning at least 3 times per week to gym at home. Doc I need to get my BP under control. I am currently using GNC Total Lean Burn 60 Dietary supplement as part of my exercise routine to increase calorie burning. Can this be the reason why my BP is so high? With my average BP reading is there any other supplements that I can use that might not have any negative effect on my BP?
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Hypertension expert

01 Feb 2021

If you google this supplement the following comes up : This should answer your question. Measure your BP 3 x per day and if staying >135/85, back to your GP. 

No long-term studies of GNC Burn 60 exist, and side effects were not mentioned.

Use Caution With Stimulants

GNC Burn 60 contains guarana seed extract which acts as a stimulant. Though different in chemical make up, the substance in guarana seed extract known as guaranine has the same stimulatory effects on the central nervous system, according to an April 2015 article published by PLOS One.

While guarana seed extract is considered safe for daily consumption, it may cause insomnia, complicate depression and be harmful for pregnant women. Individuals who have high blood pressure or a history of heart disease might also be more sensitive to stimulants, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation.

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