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Blood pressure all over the place
LucyLa posted:
I'm a 39yr old lady with high blood pressure. My doctor is giving me 5 months to try to get it under control with exercise and any lifestyle changes I wish to make, before he suggests being on meds for the rest of my life. My range is anywhere from 170 to 135 for the first number, and 100 to 86 for the second. I am a vegetarian and get exercise everyday, though not a lot of cardio. My blood tests show I am in great health. No high cholesterol or diabetes, though I am overweight by 50lbs and a bit stressed out. Any suggestions to help regulate my bp? Is it ok to fluctuate so much? What are the chances that I can get this under control myself?
Emma_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi LucyLa,

I am glad you found us here at WebMD, we do have a High Blood Pressure overview that talks about a few lifestyle changes you could possible make to help your BP. I hope you find some good answers there. Please come back and let us know how you are doing!

Take care,

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