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High & Low Blood Pressure board

Hi everyone.

For the bulk of my life I have not had high blood pressure. It has only been over the last couple of years that it has at times gone sky high.

I might say that my recent baseline has been about 140/90, but many times, especially in the afternoon or late morning, it can rocket up to 160/110, while sometimes in the morning it can drop to as low as 125/82. My blood pressure is mostly lower in the morning and higher in the afternoon, although this is not always the case.

Aside from my wildly vacillating blood pressure, my biggest concern is that the traditional methods for lowering blood pressure seem to have no effect at all on me.

For example, because my blood sugar was also slightly high, I have converted over to a diabetic’s diet, and that is supposed to be good for lowering blood pressure as well. However, in addition, I have reduced calories, and have lost about 13 pounds so far, and I have stepped up my exercise, although I have always pretty much exercised regularly anyway. I’m eating so many vegetables and fruits for my carbohydrates now, that I almost smell like vegetables.

I have been on this new diet for about 4 weeks so far, and I have been exercising all of my life, including both aerobic and strength type exercises. My mother’s father had high blood pressure, and my mother and her brother also have it, but my father has low blood pressure.

I am 57 years old. So far, this new approach has had zero effect upon my blood pressure, so I also tried a diuretic. This too had no effect on my blood pressure, and I felt like crap on it, so I quit using it.

I take supplements like a good mult-vitamin, along with separate B-Complex, magnesium, potassium, Coenzyme Q, Spirulina, and a few other things. Still, no reduction in blood pressure.

I monitor myself with a deluxe OMRON wrist blood pressure monitor. Whenever I’m in the doctor’s office, I’m always much closer to my baseline, and never in the very high range, so the doctor is skeptical about my allegations that sometimes my blood pressure goes very high.

I know my monitor is pretty accurate though, because I have had high readings from other commercial blood pressure monitors that mirror my own readings I take at home.

The only thing that seems to temporarily bring down my blood pressure is something I take called BP Manager. It is an herb complex. However, I have to take it throughout the day in order to see any reduction, and as soon as I stop taking it, my blood pressure goes right back up again.

I am at a total loss as to what I should try or do next. Maybe I need to allow more time to see the benefits of the dietary changes?

If anyone has any ideas at all for me, it would be much appreciated.

I was shocked to discover that very little is truly known in the medical and scientific fields concerning the causes of high blood pressure.