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High blood pressure at 26! still in denial...


I'm Joe 26 Years Old...
I have worked before two years my weight, and lost 30 Kg! I was 100 Kg now I'm 70, I know 100 is a big number related to my 170 cm (5ft7')  height.
After that I decided to cut smoking loose, that was year and a half...

And After All I Did, I was diagnosed with Hypertension stage 3! Discovered as I had headache, and they measured my bp and was 210/140!

After all Meds
changing in the last months, my blood pressure settled on an average of
135/90 (which considered high)...
Any way the only way I figured to put it in bed, I mean reach the right values 115/75 is by going back to exercise and long runs (as I did to lose weight), I always have perfect values after sport... which starts to lower my bp average...

Still I can't believe I have HBP in my age, I'm in denial, when I must take meds mornings and evenings for life! It is very depressing! specially after the work I did before being diagnosed!

I don't know if somebody has experienced something similar...
But I will be happy to hear from you.

Aug 25, 2016 @ 07:30 pm

4 Replies



I'm sorry to hear about your difficulties, Joe! Unfortunately, high blood pressure doesn't discriminate and can definitely affect the young as well as the old. A couple of things to consider:

-How is your sodium intake? High sodium levels can affect blood pressure.

-How are your stress levels?

-Is this something that tends to run in your family? Some people are genetically predisposed to certain blood pressure conditions, even if they're doing everything right (re: exercise and diet).

I'm only a year older than you, but there is a history of high blood pressure and stroke in my family. Luckily, it only seemed to affect me when I was overweight in my teens, but family history is definitely something to consider. Just remember a lot of people have to take medication for something, so it's not the end of the world, as long as the medication is there to help you.

I hope you can find some answers to put your mind at ease! Best of luck. xo
Aug 25, 2016 @ 09:13 pm


Hi Joe,

so sorry to hear about your problems :( One thing I will say is try not to blame yourself or be hard on yourself. I have a lot of health problems myself and I know it feels very frustrating and terrible to feel like you're 'failing' yourself at being healthy, but the truth is some things are beyond your control and all you can do it what you can and hope that it helps.

It could definitely be genetic, but stress can also be a big factor. My blood pressure came out insanely high at the doctor's the other day and I was extremely worried, but after taking it at home several times since, it turns out that it was high because I was anxious (I have anxiety) in the clinical setting. Even the doctor listening to my heart said it was beating a million miles a minute!

Do what you can to help out your health, but try not to feel any shame in taking medications to help your condition either. This kind of thing targets even fit and healthy people more than hear you about. Good luck and hang on in there!
Aug 25, 2016 @ 11:52 pm


I'm sorry to hear about your HBP, my mom's whole family has it and she has a huge family. My mom takes medication for it all her life as well. Apparently, it's hereditary. Mine has always been a tad higher than usual but I'm not taking medication yet. I know that my mom goes for walks a lot and try to eat more healthy and it brings it down. Her's has been very high, as in danger zone. She tries to keep stress free as much as possible.

My mom's older sister and both my grandparents passed away because of it. It is very scary for me as well, and I totally understand how you feel. That being said, try not to stress over it, because it does not help with your blood pressure. Go for lots of walks, perhaps replace driving all the time with taking transit or walk to places close to you. I wish you all the best and I just want to let you know, it could happen to anybody and especially with a family history of it, It will develop it at one point in my life. For a fact I know it has nothing to do with age, the doctor told me that it's hereditary.
Aug 26, 2016 @ 01:01 am


Sorry to hear about that. Some people probably don't know but age does not always dictate whether or not one will experience high blood pressure. Lots of children are affected due to various reasons, including obesity.
Aug 26, 2016 @ 03:48 am

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