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Posted by John on October 12, 2000 at 14:44:12:

In Reply to: runner's BP? posted by Run on October 12, 2000 at 12:26:10:

: I am a 19 year old male. And I'm training for a marathon, running about 45 miles a week. I am 6'4" 190 lbs. and I eat healthfully (little fast food, no soda, low salt)
: however my blood pressure is consistantly at or above 150/80.
: I am low stress (I think, and have been told this by friends)- 2 of my grand parents had high blood pressure. but my parents are both in excellent health.
: my resting pulse is about 47.
: what can cause this BP, and what can I do to help it?

I am not a doctor (although I recommend seeing one) but based upon what I know, I think that
genetics is part of the problem with your high BP. I am in a similar situation. Western
medicine recommends losing weight, low salt diet, more exercise, reducing stress, limit
alcohol, and no smoking. I also have done all of this with no luck. So I am recently
trying Chinese medicine, acupuncture to be specific. So far my BP has dropped from
about 140/90 to about 133/88 during high stress or lower during the morning (117/75) .
But I am not yet done with the treatments.
I hope to get my BP to even lower values with more treatments and will go back in the
future if my BP starts to rise again in the future. Good luck.

-John

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