I am a 22 year old female, my cholesterol is high, and my bp is getting higher. I have been testing my BP regularly (with a manual cuff) and my numbers have been about 142/82, which is WAY off of my norm which is about 106-120/62-76. And I have been testing it at the same time of day. I have also been eating better, not right but better, and have been exercising only about 1 time a week So is my BP going up because of my diet/exercise? And if so, then what should be my next step?
You might want to exercise more...at least three times a week...minimum 30 minutes each time. Even if it's only brisk walking.
Also, how is your salt intake? This is truly VERY DIFFICULT.
In theory, we should not have more than 2400mg a day of sodium..that's about a teaspoon (total!) So apart from not adding table salt to the stuff we eat...read the labels of everything carefully....they add salt to just about everything, including frozen chicken you buy in the supermarket!
I seem to remember in another post that you had lost a lot of weight but were still overweight? True? if so, dropping a little more weight would certainly help. I know you don't want meds, and since you are very young, you are in a great position to make whatever changes you can now, so as to avoid your BP climbing as you get older.