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Posted by beatle on February 11, 2000 at 23:45:37:

In Reply to: Can dieting cause HBP? posted by Jona on February 11, 2000 at 16:03:01:

: I have started Weight Watchers, exercise and have lost 3.8 pounds in a week. Coincidentally I had my BP checked by my doctor that week and was stunned that it was 140/100! I'm pretty depressed about it since I have been on an exercise regimen of 3x/week for a year. Can losing a lot of water weight in the beginning of a diet affect BP? 3 months ago it was 120/80? Also, I forgot to ask my doctor if I should still exercise (step aerobics?) Thanks in advance.

Anything I say should not substitute for advice from your doctor. On the contrary, losing water weight should not raise your BP. Exercising and losing weight will help your BP immensly. BP fluctuates over time and one high reading should not be a cause of alarm. I would suggest checking the BP at the pharmacy over a few months and keep track of the readings. Take this record to your doctor and see what he thinks.
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