Back to the subject of decreasing your blood pressure...
I am pushing 50, too much desk work, too much good food and good beer, a love of strong coffee, life governed by needs of family, work, etc, I find myself in less than ideal condition. BP never a problem before, I noticed it creeping up over the last couple years or so but didn't give it the attention it deserved.
Before going to the AME I got an electronic BP widget and started watching it more frequently. 130's over mid 80's. OK I'm gonna pass, right? Went to the AME end of March and he measured my all time high of140/91. OK I passed. This time. But that 91 set off the alarm for me.
So what do I do about this? Diet? Exercise? Meds? I've been in pharmaceutical R&D for 20 years or so and I am not a big fan of starting with meds for a variety of reasons. Meds (for me) would be treating the symptom, not the cause of the problem. Not gonna give up my caffeine addiction or good BBQ and dark beer without a fight, so I started a exercise routine of 40-60 minute power walks 4x per week, more or less, and monitoring BP at least twice weekly.
OK, my BP started to come down. Surprising result is how fast and how far. IN JUST 8 WEEKS my BP now is about 115/75.
Not sure if this is the best approach for everybody, but it's working for me. Might even reduce the extra belly ballast I carry.
(I am trying to post a plot of this data, not having much luck right now but will try again later)
Cheers and good health,