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My blood pressure is bad, but not sure what to do

My blood pressure is bad, but not sure what to do to fix it.?
Okay so I got back from the doctor today and had my bloodpressure checked. She told me it was high and that I should come back in a couple days to have it checked again. Turns out it's 183/60. To me that doesn't really make sense because the systolic pressure is extremely high but the diastolic pressure is low. I eat heathly, I'm 23 years old, I'm in great shape and exercise more than a person really should. I don't smoke and only occasionally drink. I feel that if I lower my sodium intake then my diastolic pressure will be dangerously low, but if I don't my systolic pressure is already way too high. I don't see my doctor again for another week or so, what should I do in the mean time?
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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Hello, i found a website that answers your question: Lifestyle changes * Don't smoke cigarettes or use any tobacco product. * Lose weight if you're overweight. * Exercise regularly. * Eat a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and is low in fat. * Limit your sodium, alcohol and caffeine intake. * Try relaxation techniques or biofeedback. http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/common/heartdisease/risk/092.html *** Is sodium really off limits? Not everyone is affected by sodium, but sodium can increase blood pressure in some people. Most people who have high blood pressure should limit the sodium in their diet each day to less than 2,400 mg. Your doctor may tell you to limit your sodium even more. Don't add salt to your food. Check food labels for sodium. While some foods obviously have a lot of sodium, such as potato chips, you may not realize how much sodium is in things like bread and cheese. hope u get better :)
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