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I don't think that diet alone can lower it but it can help...you still have to watch your sodium intake at all times. I also did not get diagnosed with high BP until later years. I was shocked to find out I had it and to such an extent. I take daily medication for it along with watching my diet. It's been a year now and I am still on the meds. I would love to at least get to the point that I don't have to continue to take them.
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Hi, I'll begin by telling a little about myself. I'm a happily married wife/mom of three grown children. I have permanent nerve damage in my legs due to a lower back problem that was misdiagnosed 21 years ago. Except for that problem I have had no medical issues until I tore the meniscus in my knee in 2007. Since then I feel like it has been all down hill - knee problems, ankle problems and now a two months ago they tell me I have high blood pressure.
The doctor tells me to do the DASH diet for a month and come back for a recheck. At the recheck my BP has not changed so now she has started me on medicine. Since starting on the medicine I have not seen a change in my BP.
So, my question is --- Can you lower your BP with diet alone? I have been watching my sodium like a hawk but have not seen a change yet. I would prefer not to have to take medicine. I would like to hear any suggestions anyone has.
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