When you're overweight, or even underweight, you really need to keep a close eye on your blood pressure. I had high numbers for a really long time before I started taking meds. Was on them for years. When I reached 299 pounds, even on the meds, my pressure was high.
Then I started eating healthy. Watched my sodium intake (trying for no more than 2300 mg per day). Started exercising. My weight started dropping, so, with the supervision of my doctor, I stopped taking the meds. I bought a bp monitor and took a reading every day, e-mailing the numbers to the doc's office. After a few weeks, he said he didn't need to see the numbers any more. Just to let him know if it gets high again.
As of today, I've been off my blood pressure meds for 38 days! And my bp readings are still good.
Please get your bp checked daily. Do you pass a pharmacy every day? Stop in. It takes only a few minutes. Too embarrassed? No pharmacy nearby? Or Wal-Mart? So buy a blood pressure monitor that also takes your pulse, and probably the extra-large cuff (I did/do). The monitor costs around $35-$45 but is definitely worth it.
Would you rather spend $35 on a binge OR spend the $35 to prevent a possible stroke?
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