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Hypertension and Salt

Posted by blueheron (My Page) on
Tue, Feb 9, 10 at 20:33

I have high blood pressure and have been taking medication for about 10 years. Some of the meds have side effects so I am trying to get it down with weight loss and exercise.

The doctor always said that salt might be a factor but I thought I didn't eat a lot of salt. I cook from scratch and don't add a lot of salt to my cooking, but I was eating salty snacks i.e., peanut butter crackers and popcorn.

I finally cut back the salt drastically, lost about 5 lbs and exercise on a regular basis. Low and behold, my BP was 112/62 today at my dr appt. Yay! So I don't know if it was reducing salt consumption, losing the weight or exercising, but something kicked in and the BP is now in the normal range. I would love to be able to reduce the meds, too. Maybe that's in the future.

I get my cholesterol checked at my next appt in 3 months. I hope that's within normal range, too. The weight loss and exercise should reduce that.

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RE: Hypertension and Salt

Good for you!!

Those benifits are good but you pronbably added years to your life too.

A lot of medical conditions could be cut down, or cut out completely, if people would lose weight, eat a healthy diet and exercise.

RE: Hypertension and Salt

You got that right! And what kind of surprised me was the fact that the doctor sort of ignored the fact that I had lost weight and was exercising. Doctors are so programmed to prescribe medication instead of alternate ways of reducing BP and weight. (Yes, I know that a lot of patients don't follow those suggestions, but it doesn't hurt to try.)

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