Welcome, SHEAINTPLAYIN ! I'm pretty sure your doctor would be very happy to know that you've taken his or her advice to heart... and yes, high blood pressure can affect a lot of things in our bodies, plus, of course, cause strokes (the main cause of demise in my family). And what better time to get started on a journey to better health than American Heart Month!
Edited by: SANDYBREIT at: 2/3/2013 (20:49)
Sandy (Michigan Upper Peninsula) -- Say "Ya!" to da U.P, eh?
Hey everyone, I'm new to this board but not exactly new to Spark. I was a member years ago and like so many, got derailed. I'm a divorced mom of one little boy and though I never had weight issues most of my life, I've struggled to lose the weight acquired from my pregnancy and thereafter. The most hard thing to hear was that I had high blood pressure - after 4 monthly readings that each got increasingly higher, my doctor pretty much told me that if I don't get it in check, I'm in for more devastating health news...not if..but for sure. The part that bothers me the most is ...I'm only 33 years old.
There is a major family history on both my parents sides and my mother who is diabetic (also family history on mother's side) and has struggled most of her adult life with her weight always told me (along with her siblings) that I should get my weight and my habits in check while I'm still young because they don't want myself and my brother to end up like them.
Well now it seems like time repeating itself and I'm on a mission to get it together. I never knew just how much high bp has an effect on your internal organs - I was just naive and had that mentality that "I'm too young for high bp, I've got time...and besides a few extra pounds, I'm pretty healthy".
Sorry to write such a long intro lol, just wanted to share my story..I'm one of the younger ones with high bp and I must say, I'm not going to let it define me..but if the doc's intention was to scare me into reality, it worked! I want to be there for my child. I can only imagine what will come along in 5 years or even less if I don't get this weight off.
Glad to be here and blessings to you all.
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