There are any number of things that can affect BP.
In most people the amount of cholesterol only has minor effect on the level of cholesterol in the body. So it is not likely that the cholesterol in the food had much affect on your BP. However, there are some people that do absorb lot of cholesterol from their food.
However, if there was a lot of deep fried food and/or saturated fats that could have more of an effect.
And as Bobby said the high sodium levels probably had more of an effect. While a lot of people or not sensitive to sodium, even those might have an increase in BP until the body adjust to the higher levels.
But here are 2 other theories.
One is anxiety about about deviating from your vegetarin diet. And the anxiety from seeing an increase in BP is cause it to remain elevated.
The other area is that the microbiome in your gut was balanced for your vegetarian diet. And it was not able to handle the meat. Research is showing that the microbiome appears to have a strong relation to thinks like cholesterol levels and BP. But, at the present there is no strong cause or affect.View Thread
she (my dr) says the pain may just be my fibromyalgia but I'm not sure about that.
Any medical treatment, or not to treat, is a tradeoff of risks/rewards.
Now I don't know of what your risk of heart disease/stroke is.
One option is to discontinue the statin for 30 days and then start it again. And see it it is related to your pain.
And if is related to the pain, then you need to look at how high your risk is and weight is again the amount of pain.
Also some doctors have found that for people that have trouble tolerating statins that they have them only take the statin every second or third day. And while it did not lower the cholesterol as much as daily treatment it did reduce it a significant amount.
BTW, Although I am high risk (had a bypass and my father died from heart disease at 43) my cholesterol is in in a good range, but not ideal.
But my cardiologist and my PCP did not have a problem with me trying a 30 day holiday to see if it was related to my pain. It was not.View Thread
Indeed, Tracy's well-being has been inspiring to doctors, geneticists and now pharmaceutical companies precisely because she is so normal. Using every tool in the modern diagnostic arsenal — from brain scans and kidney sonograms to 24-hour blood-pressure monitors and cognitive tests — researchers at the Texas medical centre have diagnostically sliced and diced Tracy to make sure that the two highly unusual genetic mutations she has carried for her entire life have produced nothing more startling than an incredibly low level of cholesterol in her blood. At a time when the target for low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, more commonly called 'bad cholesterol', in Americans' blood is less than 100 milligrams per decilitre (a level many people fail to achieve), Tracy's level is just 14.
A compact woman with wide-eyed energy, Tracy (not her real name) is one of a handful of African Americans whose genetics have enabled scientists to uncover one of the most promising compounds for controlling cholesterol since the first statin drug was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1987. Seven years ago, researchers Helen Hobbs and Jonathan Cohen at UT-Southwestern reported1 that Tracy had inherited two mutations, one from her father and the other from her mother, in a gene called PCSK9, effectively eliminating a protein in the blood that has a fundamental role in controlling the levels of LDL cholesterol. African Americans with similar mutations have a nearly 90% reduced risk of heart disease. "She's our girl, our main girl," says Barbara Gilbert, a nurse who has drawn some 8,000 blood samples as part of Cohen and Hobbs' project to find genes important to cholesterol metabolism.View Thread