I've struggled with being overweight for years and having high BP. Lately, my BP results have been going down slightly. I think it's because I've started an exercise program and I've been very consistent with it for several months now. I feel better, my clothes fit better and I know it's supposed to help reduce stress. I had trouble finding an exercise routine I liked that didn't hurt. Aqua Fit classes in deep water were perfect for me and I even look forward to going. Being with a group to exercise also seems to enhance the experience. Thanks for the suggestions on this forum.
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Unfortunately, genetics can also add to BP problems. There is no guarantee that you will be able to completely get off meds with weight loss. However, weight loss, exercise, and a healthy diet can help lower the dose (if not get off completely), help prevent the need to increase the dose as you age, and help your body use whatever med you do take to its fullest potential. It will also help prevent all those other conditions that are related to being overweight - diabetes, other heart diseases, osteoporosis (from lack of exercise), etc.
I don't know about your weight but many of us experience a BP benefit from weight loss. Stress plays a big role... all kinds of stress, both mental and physical stress (like being over weight). Exercise helps reduce stress.
Some people are sensitive to salt. Over all reducing your salt intake to a healthy level will help. I say that because almost everyone gets too much salt.
Here's hoping the best for you! Look around and learn as much as you can! Remember that it takes a while to turn something into a habit. Start making some good habits that will help you out!
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It really depends on the cause of your high blood pressure but it does happen for many people. If you haven't yet, be sure to check out this area of the site full of resources and information to help you reach your goals.
I currently take what is commonly called the water pill and another blood pressure medicine. Is there any way that if you lose the weight and eat better that you can get of medicine completely? I would love to stop taking my medicines one day.
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