How long can I expect it to take for my blood pressure to start coming down once I change my diet?
And yes, I am very overweight. If I continue to lose weight (I'm down 11 pounds in the past month), might that help as well?
Asked by Melinda Niskala 2 years ago.
Your stated blood pressures of 150/100 versus 138/96, to a doctor, is clinically identical. In other words, the "difference" is so narrow (that can be accounted for simply by daily variability), that for all intents and purposes, it is medically the same. Most clinicians don't even bother trying anymore to treat hypertension by diet alone. There is too little return and too much variability in patients adherence to diets that it is more reliable to use medications. To be sure, dietary "cutting back" is good; but too often, it can't work unless you're absolutely draconian and religious about it. That is, eating NO salt (as in you cannot even eat one potato chip ever again). Doctors recognize that not many people, except for a very dedicated select few, are willing to be ridiculously zealous enough to remain on such inhumanly narrow restrictions. It flies in the face of human nature and likewise, medical expectations . Taking a pill is not only more reliable, but easier to quantify dosage adjustments to observable effect. In other words, it become much easier to control someone's blood pressure, which is why doctors prescribe medications. While doctors hope that you can modify your diet, it is much more important that you take your medication. That said, your systolic pressure isn't really all that bad (for someone with stated white coat syndrome). What is of concern is your diastolic pressure (or resting phase of the cardiac cycle). If you were my patient (and based solely on the parameters set forth by this very limited question) I might suggest a combination product (like Tenoretic, Lotensin, or Hyzaar) that would provide for less vascular resistance (systolic pressure) and less vascular volume (disatolic pressure). You should speak with your doctor. I wish you well, and good luck. Ralph Answered by Cristopher Barnhurst 2 years ago.
Hi Kim, Please continue to keep doing the right things. Bottom line? You may not be able to lower your BP to an acceptable range w/o meds. If you buy a home BP monitor (Omron is good). You can eliminate white coat syndrome completely. Check the unit for accuracy @your Doc's office. A decent one will cost you around $60. Stay away from the wrist type. Low dose HTN meds are virtually side-effect free. Protect yourself now, honey. If your dieting should prove to make you the exception (& significantly lower your BP)? No problem. Your BP med can be adjusted @that time. Good Luck. Answered by Bernarda Rosenstein 2 years ago.
Yes, you probably did lose the burden on ephedra, the equal ephedra that was once outlawed on the grounds that it is unrefined methamphetamine. No, there aren't any speeded out vitamin capsules that you just must be taking when you have top blood strain. You do discover that is why it is an urge for food suppressant, correct? Answered by Greg Ciraolo 2 years ago.
Body salt content should equilibrate in about a week Aerobic workouts within a few days. Weight loss will have an affect as it occurs over weeks. Answered by Ji Kannard 2 years ago.
You've done well, but it sounds like you need to get some meds going. That bottom number IS cause for concern, and you need to get it under control. Talk with your doctor to see what is appropriate for your situation. Answered by Robyn Gamel 2 years ago.