I turned 29 yesterday and was recently told I have high BP. I have read through many of the threads tonight and want to thank you all for the good information. I'll thank you again in advance if you read this whole post.
Three separate visits to my doctor within the last month yielded BP readings of 160/100, 150/88 and 145/90. My doctor told me I would be on medication by the end of the month. I adopted the DASH diet and started monitoring at home with my readings falling somewhere in the 135-140 / 75-80 range.
I also started taking a host of vitamins recommended by Dr. Mark Houston's VasoGuard Therapy. It includes CoQ-10, Garlic Powder, Taurine and many others. The vitamins have helped keep my BP in the lower of the ranges I mentioned above.
My doctor is not impressed by my efforts or results and said if my BP is not within "acceptable" limits by next month she will write me a prescription. I think this is ridiculous.
My first child should arrive on April 8th. Right now I am a full time college student hoping to graduate in December so that I can keep the kid in diapers, not to mention pay for college someday.
So I think it's safe to say I have some stress in my life. I don't do a good job of handling it and I think that is the underlying problem. Of course the MD doesn't want to hear about that, she just wants to write me a prescription and make me a slave to BP medication. Forget the fact that now I have to add thinking about high BP to my list of stressors.
I'm glad I found this board and welcome any advice. Or if you need to just vent like me, do it here in my first thread!