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Hypertension and Thin Privilege

Thin privilege is being able to tell my doctor that my current dose of antihypertensive medication is not keeping my blood pressure in the optimal ranges and not having him bring my weight into it.

My doctor isn’t one of those real shamey types. He doesn’t actively berate me for my size or spew the old “just eat less and exercise more, you need more willpower, blah” crap. But he does mention my weight at least once in passing every time I see him. Other than that, he’s been an excellent doctor, and I don’t want to risk trading a mostly good doctor for one that will potentially be terrible.

Still, it would be nice if I could just say “hey doc, this amount of medication isn’t keeping my readings in the right range,” and he would say “well, let’s see what we can do to fix that” without bringing my weight up at all.


  1. screaming-towards-apotheosis said: to be fair, a lot of medication has not been tested on people with large amounts of adipose tissue so fat solubility and stuff comes into it. Which is an indication of a larger issue with pharmaseutical industry and medicine itself. :/