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MalibuBeachBound
09-05-2008, 09:58 AM
I'm not saying this is right for everyone or even that everyone is capable of doing it, but I am 28 and my MD told me that since weight likely wasn't contributory to my hypertension (normally running 156/94), that I should restrict my salt. I did, but my blood pressure only dropped to 149/90 (not too significant in my book). I heard from a few other MDs that the sodium restriction only works in about 20% of patients.

I was about to give up on the whole thing and just say that I it must be hereditary since my entire maternal side had it and I was running 2.7 miles 3-4 times/week and weight training on the off days along with dietary restriction. I would have to take medicine.

Well 3 weeks ago in a last ditch effort, I started to run 5 miles 3-4 times/week instead of my previous 2.7 and see what happened. I didn't expect much.

For the past week, my blood pressure has been averaging 123/78 and I am SO happy. It just took some extra exercise and forcing myself a little bit to go a little farther than usual :) I think I'm going to keep this up!


JulieJ08
09-05-2008, 10:25 AM
Congrats!!!!

the slim me
09-05-2008, 10:30 AM
Congratulations! It's worth the extra effort not to get on the medications! And I'm not sure I agree with the doctors thinking that weight doesn't have some part in the BP. I know my sister was on 3 BP medications. she lost weight, exercises a little, and is not down to 1/2 of 1 of those pills. Weight does make a difference.


MalibuBeachBound
09-05-2008, 11:00 AM
Congratulations! It's worth the extra effort not to get on the medications! And I'm not sure I agree with the doctors thinking that weight doesn't have some part in the BP.

Oh no... I am not saying that weight isn't responsible for high blood pressure in some cases. I am just saying that in my specific case, I am not really overweight. A lot of my family I am certain has high blood pressure due largely to their weight and other health issues.

And Thank you btw ;)

Ilene
09-06-2008, 11:31 AM
:bravo: for you, exercising rocks and will help a multitude of health problems...