Jun 21, 2011

I always had good Blood Pressure..what happened?

My last physical revealed that, for the first time in my life, I had borderline high blood pressure. What happened? Where did I go wrong? I've always prided myself in having good blood pressure. 130 to 140 over 70 were standard readings for me. In fact at my physical a few years ago, my doctor said that for my age my blood pressure was really good. Okay, so the "at your age" part didn't thrill me, but knowing that my blood pressure was good did.

That all changed during my last physical. There are many factors. My weight was a little bit more, but my BP has been good at this weight. There has been a great increase in stress...big time...over the past several years, maybe that is catching up with me? My diet is pretty good, but maybe there are things I need to address in the diet. Here are a list of things that I'm doing, and if you happen to be reading, and know of other things that I could do, please feel free to comment.
  • I don't use regular salt, but sea salt...in moderation...yes, even though it's supposed to be better because it has extra trace minerals that counter the affect of sodium's affect of blood pressure, they aren't quite enough that you can use sea salt freely.
  • I'm taking off extra weight
  • I'm trying to walk more...used to do that so regularly, and have been "bad" about that recently
  • Stress...well that usually shoots me over the top, to the point that I get broken blood vessels in my eye. I can't do much about sudden stressful circumstances, like when my dear husband has a health emergency, family emergencies, any emergency...but I can do something about thoughts about all the worries "in between" emergencies.  I've downloaded an audio bible and put it in my MP3 player to listen to, as well as inspirational music.  Filling that void when I'm alone with prayer and uplifting things should help.
  • I'm evaluating my supplements.  I've read some information on Magnesium, and want to research more about blood pressure lowering herbs.  In fact, if you'd like a fact sheet about one that I'm going to try, please let me know.
  • MOST IMPORTANT, take my blood pressure occasionally at different times...morning, early afternoon, evening...keep a record and share it with my doctor, as well as watch for improvements by keeping a Blood Pressure Diary.
  • Consider the DASH Diet, it seemed to help me manage mine when I was on it. 
Updated 3/29/16

1 comment:

  1. I just got this news as well...I think its all stress...so I've began running to help ease my stress!