I am 23 and have high blood pressure. Every single one of my family members also have it and are on medication for it. I have not been put on meds yet and I am hoping losing 50 lbs. will help me with not needing the medication yet. I had high blood pressure with my daughter and was placed on bedrest for 5 weeks in the hospital because of it but everything ended up being fine and I was induced at 37 weeks and I have a perfectly healthy beautiful 15 month old. :)
HBP can have a genetic cause. Pretty much everyone on my dad's side of my family has it. I was age 29 and wore size 7 when I was diagnosed. Beta blockers gave me a persistent cough, but I really like my angiotensin receptor blocker. I also have sleep apnea, which I believe other family members on that side had, too, but that went undiagnosed back then. And over the years, I seldom drink coffee or soft drinks, and have learned to practice mindful breathing and relaxation. Hope this information may be of some use.
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Nancy in Michigan
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Great job on the working on your health. I am older then you but I can remember even in my 20s and 30s I was doing triathlons and going to the gym, my bp was always high at the doctors office,finally he put me on medication after I ended up in the ER,I still get to the gym,do a least a min of 60 minutes of cardio and weights and watch what I eat,my bp now runs 114/ 76, I am not fond of taking the med but in looking back my Dr should put me on meds in my 20s Good Luck and Welcome
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That is Great that you are working so hard on your health and have lost so much weight!!! I just started blood pressure medicine last week. I was very surprised that I needed it since I exercise and eat healthy. Good luck to finding the cause.
Do all the tests. Hope they'll locate the reason. Have you consulted specialists in endocrinology and nephrology? In any way proceed with your efforts to eat healthy, exercise and lose weight. Wish you good luck.
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Sometimes no matter what we do we might always be on medication. Sometimes it is just genetic. I have hope that someday I will be able to get off of the BP medication but I might not. I had got HBP when I was pregnant with my son. Even though I had to be put on medication and bed rest everything turned out fine. My doctor kept an eye on me and the baby. He is now 18 and a senior in high school. My BP is under control with 1 medication a day. Had to go through 4 different medications to find one that didn't hurt my stomach. Best wishes on your journey to a healthier you.
Congrats on the weight loss so far. That is awesome.
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Hi all! I'm so glad there is a group on SP for this topic!!
In 2008 I was admitted to the hospital for extremely high BP (300/200 range). I was resistant to most of the drugs, until they finally found an IV drug that worked. I remained on lisinopril for a year after that. No one ran tests on me at the ER, and I was just told that I needed to lose weight. I was 320 pounds at the time, and eating a crappy diet/drinking.
Fast forward to 2012, I've lost 105 pounds and have become a runner and love lifting. I would say I am very in shape and eat very well (I have treats, don't get me wrong). 2 weeks ago I went to a minute clinic for an unrelated issue and found out by blood pressure was 200/110 (even on meds that were supposed to be controlling it and my A Fib). Went to the ER again, and this time she gave me a list of tests to have my cardiologist run.
I've been through most of them, with nothing to indicate a reason for my HBP. I'm back on a medication that seems to be working, and trying to wean off the beta blocker they had me on since I had terrible side effects from it. It seems to be better now, I average about 115/84 now taking my pressure in the AM and before bed.
I'm frustrated because I feel like I put all the work into being healthy and still have this issue. The only thing I can think of is that I have put on 10 pounds this year (slowly) and that I am very Vitamin D deficient. I'm working on both of those right now, and hope to see a change.
Does anyone else have any issues with HPB like this? I worry that if I don't find the root cause of my BP that I will run into issues with pregnancy one day.
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