26 years old with high blood pressure?!?!?!

on Oct 24, 2010 @ 12:04 am

I was the grocery store and they have these machines that test your blood pressure and I tested with hypertension. I am worried because I am pretty young to be worrying about high blood pressure. I will say that I do eat a lot of salt and I am not active at all. My diet is pretty bad, and my mother does have high blood pressure. I don't have money right now to go to the doc, but is there anything that I can do naturally to help this? Even if I did have the money to go to the doctor they would just put me on medication and I do not like taking medications. I can remember being at the doctor a few years ago, and it was pretty high, but they just attributed it to me being nervous, but every time I check it myself it's pretty high and I'm starting to get worried. Any help at all would be great, thanks!!!!

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A few things on Oct 24, 2010 @ 12:53 am

First off try relax and not worry.Stress is a big factor in high blood pressure.If your nervous well checking your blood pressure it will go higher.Try not to smoke or drink.Exercise regularly,eat a healthy diet lots of fruits and veggies,limit salt,caffeine.Family history is definatley a factor as you already know.Some natural remedies that are good are garlic,fish oil,folic acid,cayenne pepper.Lastley if you experience severe headaches,unexplained fatigue,you get dizzy,thumping in your chest then you really should see a doctor!Hope you start feeling better :)

low-sodium options on Oct 25, 2010 @ 11:51 am

Bren had some great points! What I'd add is:

a) reduce your salt in cooking by trying sea salt instead of table salt

b) wean your salt intake by experimenting with other spices. I find that a dash of pepper on my scrambled eggs means I need less salt to make it tasty - that's true of other dishes as well.

c) read labels on "low-fat" foods carefully - often the reduced calorie items are higher in sodium than the regular versions! Peanut butter comes to mind.... You may be better off choosing regular versions of your favourite foods and trying to eat a little less of them than fully indulging on low-fat, high sodium substitutes. Bonus - regular and low fat versions usually cost the same.

d) start incorporating small amounts of exercise in your day, then build as you feel able.

* park at the back of the parking lot so you have to walk farther
* carry hand weights when you go for walks (if you don't have any, just hold cans of soup)
* sit on a stability ball when you watch TV instead of the couch; focus on maintaining good posture - it will engage your abs. If you don't have a stability ball, sit cross-legged on the floor in a posture-perfect position, or even watch TV while standing
* put on thumping music while you clean house and shimmy as you scrub
* wear a pedometer and make a concrete plan to increase the number of steps you take. These are often freebies in healthy cereal boxes or you can find them super cheap in the stores (even Dollar stores often have them).

It's hard to change your diet and daily routine, so stay accountable by having a friend pester you to stick with it or keep a food and exercise journal.

Remember, your health is worth the investment. Your youth will also work in your favour! Now is the best possible time to start so don't delay. Good luck!


Takes Time on Oct 25, 2010 @ 04:28 pm

Since your family has a history of high blood pressure, it's not much a surprise that it's in your genes as well. This IS something that you can overcome, however, with regular exercise and I proper diet. It's definitely not going to be a change that will overcome you overnight, but for the sake of your health, you must try your very best to change your habits.

My dad also has a family history of asthma and high blood pressure. It used to be a big obstacle in his life, but since about 5 years ago, he started exercising 3 times a week and eating better, he's stopped using his puffer and has stopped taking blood pressure pills.

You can do it!

Ali de Bold
You must go to the Doctor on Oct 25, 2010 @ 07:35 pm

I'm sorry to hear what you're going through and reading your post makes me thankful again we are Canadian since going to the Doctor is free. This isn't something you should be ignoring. High blood pressure has long term effects on your health. It isn't always something you can manage on your own. Please invest in your health and go to the Doctor. There are things you can naturally do to help but you need to be proactive with this in all aspects. Good luck!

wow i'm not the only one? on Oct 26, 2010 @ 03:30 pm

I have the same problem! But I don't have a family history of high blood pressure, I could stand to lose a few pounds but by no means obese...and recently my bp is sky rocketing! I really don't understand it. I don't eat extra salt (I don't add extra salt to my food), and I eat the same amount of salt as everyone else, or the same amount that I ever did and I never had high bp before.

I've been noticing really bad headaches, constant heavy sort of pain that isn't intolerable but just a very consistent encompassing dull sort of pain. I'm not big on taking pain medicine (or medicine in general) so I just put up with it. One night I just decided to check my pressure and it was 161/91 !!!! From then on I check my pressure at least once a day, and its always high! so weird....

I'm Canadian so I really have no excuse to not go to the doctor other than I'm so busy with work I've not had a chance to take time off and go to the doctor.

I will make time and go soon, and let you guys know what she says. Maybe that might help the first anonym? I agree with Ali, even if you have to pay for your doctors, invest in yourself and go see one 'cuz high BP can't be a good sign.

BP on Oct 29, 2010 @ 12:44 am

I also have high bp.You should avoid eating out alot,at MOST once a week.Only you can control the salt and fat in your food.Diet sodas also have lots of sodium,which is my problem.I'm addicted to it.Also,if you have a few pounds to lose,losing just ten pounds will drop your blood pressure! by alot! Good luck!


I realize this post is from a long time ago but... on May 31, 2012 @ 04:01 pm

just for anyone else who may read this I'll say a few things. What the other ladies have suggested is good advice - about exercise, lowering salt/fat intake, etc. because hypertension is SO prevelant in North America and is linked to tons of chronic health issues (heart failure, diabetes, kidney disease, dementia, stroke).

First of all, a diagnosis of HTN has to be made by a doctor, not a machine at a drug store so don't worry yet! A reading greater than 140/90 on 3 separate occasions (usually 4-6 weeks apart) will usually make a diagnosis of hypertension that can be modified through lifestyle changes. Medication is usually only indicated if there are other complications like diabetes, kidney disease, coronary artery disease, etc. So I wouldn't worry about meds being the only choice just yet :)

Also, do you live in the states? Going to your family doctor in Canada does not require you to pay for any services. God bless Canada! So I would encourage anyone who suspects they have HTN to go to their doctor to rule out any underlying causes such as an adrenal gland or thyroid issue that may be causing it, and also to get them elevated BP under control as soon as possible.

@anonymous on May 31, 2012 @ 04:11 pm

I just saw what you wrote about your BP being 160/91. I don't know if you have gone to the dr already or if you will see this, but do go ASAP!!!! And anyone else who may have a BP that high. A BP of over 160/100 usually indicates medication use right away to prevent complications. Also, if anyone notices that they or someone they love has a bottom BP number greater than 130 mmHg or an overall BP of 180/110 with headache, swelling of extremities, or change in vision, seek medical attention immediately as this warrants very quick interventions by health professionals. It is an emergency.

time... on Dec 27, 2012 @ 11:45 am

@original poster, I hope you made the time and investment to go see a doctor.

I'm actually the anonym that posted on oct26.. not sure why I posted as anonym... weird. Anyways I went to see the doc and they did find a problem that was causing the hbp.

I hope everyone's doing better <3

Dont worry on Dec 27, 2012 @ 11:01 pm

Don't worry, there are a few things that could have given a false reading (stress, eating before the test). Also, results on those machines are not to be used for an accurate diagnosis, rather a somewhat directional guide but they can be off. I suggest being seen at the doctor for confirmation but if you aren't lightheaded or dizzy chances arr its a false alarm. Good luck hun!

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