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How long does it take to lower your BP ?

How long does it take to lower your blood pressure with lifestyle changes? I am 27. There is a history of heart disease in my father s family. 2 months ago my blood pressure(B.P.) was 151/102 the last two weeks it has ranged from 125/80 - 138/88 usually closer to 134/85. I have lost over 20 pounds in this time period (from 252-230). My doctor wants to put me on medication and I feel like my B.P. is still lowering and is near or below 130/80 so why should I go on medication now?
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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You have to make that decision for yourself obviously. However, I was in your shoes and I did basically what you are doing, with the added touch of getting my emotional state in a calmer clearer groove. My blood pressure also came down pretty quickly and yet the Drs. said they wanted me on BP meds. I never did it, and my BP continued coming down and it is normal now. So you really have to make the choice yourself... but if it is correcting on its own, why would you trap yourself into a lifetime of medications?
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