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Thanks to everyone who give me advice over the last year or so about my high BP.
I just wanted to post to say I am off my BP meds now because I changed my diet and lost a little weight. So, if I can do it, then I am sure many people in this group can do the same without relying on medications long term.
Of course, everyone is different so different types of diets will work for different types of people. For me, I was pretty drastic, I cut out pretty much all processed foods along with dairy and anything with animal products in them. I eat lots of potatoes, veggies and fruit. I have also cut out all oils including olive oil.
My BP was never crazy high like some people but it was high enough to be put on BP medication for over a year. My highest reading at the docs was about 180/90, eventually meds (Olmersartan) got it down to about 130/80. My doc always said my meds were a low dose but even so, I never felt great being on them and hated the idea of been on them for the rest of my life when I was only 47yrs old.
I will stick with my current diet for sometime as I need to lose 50kgs to get down to a reasonable weight for my height. I do intend to slowly put some foods back in my diet but a LOT less then I ate before!
BTW, when I first started my diet I had not been checking my BP but when I did after 2 weeks of being on it, my BP had dropped to 105/74! I was then checking twice daily and it was still around similar readings so I went to visit my GP who put me on a 24 hrs monitor and when I got the results, the doctor says no need for meds no more!! My readings now off the meds average probably around 110/75. It is still early days but hopefully if I continue the diet and lose more weight then it will stay the same similar readings.
I hope this helps some of you guys and thanks again to everyone who helped me deal with high BP over the last year or so.
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