You can take your blood pressure 3 times in 3 minutes and the numbers will be different each time, but should be close. 140/100 and 138/whatever is essentially the same.
My pressure was 150/102, so I had to start bringing it down. I've lost 16 lbs of the 40 I NEED to lose and have been extremely mindful of my sodium intake. My mother had hypertension, diabetes, etc and had a stroke in her early 70s, so when I found out my BP was so high I got scared. If I can get it in the normal range without meds, I'm going to try. It was 139/92 last week and my pulse has come down from 91 to 83. The doctor told me I'm not fat enough (his words), for my numbers to be as high as they've been, so I'm going to have to watch it for the rest of my life. I'm 51 and its only the last 2 years that it has jumped- however I have gained 40 lbs over the past 3 years.
I think I'll get a monitor. The doctor says a true BP should be taken when a person is at rest, so taking it in the morning is most accurate. I think you should listen to your doctor. I don't know if you need to lose weight or modify your diet for sodium, but some people's pressure is genetic.
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