Two months ago I was told I had HBP. I took the script but never filled it. Instead I reduced the salt in my diet and started walking. Now my BP is 145/92 which is far better than it started at, 163/101. My question is twofold. How long does it take for diet and exercise to reduce BP? Secondly, do I still need to be on the blood pressure medications?
First, good job in making the lifestyle changes. That is something few people ever do. As for your current BP, it is still a little bit high. YOu could try working at it to get it down further on your own, but may still find yourself in the "high but normal" range. You might want to talk to your doctor to see what he thinks.
Thank you. I am really hoping to eliminate the HBP with lifestyle changes. I dislike taking medications and I am very sensitive to them. I was also not keen on visiting my GP for assistance. She will probably scold me for not taking the medications.
I never worry what my doc thinks of me. If I can fix the problem my way, I am going to do it. The doctors sometimes just hand out drugs to most people because thats all people want. They don't want to do the hard stuff.
You might be surprised what your doctor says. She might be very satisfied with your personal progress. As was just mentioned, the doctors too often prescribe because patients aren't going to do what they should to lower their blood pressure.
Thank you all for your ideas. I appreciate the support.
Well, you still have to take pills. Your blood pressure is not healthy. I understand that getting to 120/80 would be super hard If not impossible... but you have to take pills in order to keep your BP low.