I don't have high BP as such but I monitor my own now I am very old. I find (and possibly just me as I am no medic) that running regular short distances at mid pace combined with drinking much more water and taking less fats and salt will knock a couple of pounds of my weight and drop my BP.
Yes, shaz...your doctor will start with blood tests to check other possible underlying causes (about 10 per cent of cases). There's good infornation on the blood pressure uk website.
try not to worry much...it's a pretty common condition and you're lucky its being picked up!
I have high blood pressure. Running hasn't made it go down much, but hey I'm still a lot healthier.
so I have high BP. I take 2 tablets and get on with my life no biggie.
My doc was quite pessimistic when I asked about getting fitter, and dieting and getting off the tablets, he was very much once you start them you are usually on them for a long time. I have lost six stone can run a very very slow 50m ultra. When I try not taking the tablets and taking my own blood pressure within 3 days it's high again.
underlying high BP is a life-long condition. no two ways about it, unfortunately. but it is manageable. no biggie, indeed.
50m ultra is impressive, however long it takes!
50m is not that impressive really, but I suppose it's all relative. I'm hoping that with training, booktrunk can soon work up to 100m, 400m and even up to a full kilometre by the summer.
I'm a white coat man when it comes to BP. Was often above the 145/90 mark... sometimes up to 160/100.... but at home, I could easily be sub 135/85... even sub 120/80. But the doctors never saw those! I got one of those ambulatory machines from the docs for 24hrs (which unlike an earlier contributor, I found perfectly comfortable) - and the results were like I got at home, so I was told to go away and worry no more.
It still concerns me a bit though! One GP... who seemed to be knowledgable, once told me that statistically,, if you show 'white coat syndrome'... you can be OK now, but you have a high chance that you'll end up with genuine high blood pressure sooner or later.
NN: Thanks for the encouragement. I'm really hoping to double it over the next year.
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