BrianOCD

High Blood Pressure Advice?

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Over the past 6 months as my meds and moods have been shakey, my blood pressure has steadily increased.  6 months ago it was 120/80.  Steadily rose to 160/100.  And now it has leveled off to 145/90 approx daily.

So i want to get proactive.

My first question is about caffeine and diet soda.  I drink a lot of it, is this a big contribute to HBP?

Also, any other advice from people who have successfully gotten their BP down, without meds.  I want to try without meds first.

I have been to my general doctor and he wants me to record BP daily for 3 weeks til I see him next.

Thanks in advance!

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15 hours ago, BrianOCD said:

Over the past 6 months as my meds and moods have been shakey, my blood pressure has steadily increased.  6 months ago it was 120/80.  Steadily rose to 160/100.  And now it has leveled off to 145/90 approx daily.

So i want to get proactive.

My first question is about caffeine and diet soda.  I drink a lot of it, is this a big contribute to HBP?

Also, any other advice from people who have successfully gotten their BP down, without meds.  I want to try without meds first.

I've never had a problem with HBP, although my dad did have it bad enough that he had to take meds for it.

As to your question about caffeine, yes it can increase BP.....If you are drinking a lot of caffeine, I would suggest at least trying to cut down on the diet soda, or switching to caffeine-free diet soda.

Also, I hope you don't smoke--that can increase BP.

Additionally, I would suggest eating a low sodium diet----A diet high in salt can contribute to HBP:   https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/salt-and-sodium/sodium-health-risks-and-disease/

There are some other suggestions from a decent article I found about how to lower your BP naturally:   https://www.drdavidwilliams.com/lower-blood-pressure-naturally

Edited by CrazyRedhead

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Thanks Redhead

I am going to try cutting back on caffeine.

I'm under a lot of stress and anxiety lately so that likely is causing some of this.

 

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Effexor can cause HBP.  After I had been on it for years with no blood pressure problems I spiked to a pressure of 180/110 and stayed there until I stopped Effexor.

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Also, if you're overweight at all, losing weight even by a few pounds can help lower your BP a little. Cutting way back on salt and sodium, and then reducing the caffeine should help. Unfortunately I have to take meds for mine, I take verapamil and it's usually now at 120/90 which is the best it's going to get.

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