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Posted by Maria on November 15, 1999 at 12:42:50:

In Reply to: Re: Would you take HBP medicine if you were borderline?? posted by Brandy on November 12, 1999 at 03:03:31:

Hi Brandy,

Thanks for writing me. I appreciate your comments. Since I posted the message, I have de-caffinated myself. I was drinking 2-3 cups of coffee a day but have now cut it out. I took my BP this morning and it was 120 over 86. I think it is slowly improving. The supplements I have been taking have finally kicked in. I will continue to do readings once a week. I am not really religious..but I did pray about my condition and have seen changes. Thanks. Maria

: Hi, my bp was 142/96 (I'm usually borderline) at my last office vist 2 weeks ago (it has been as high as 174/90 when taken at the doctor's office).
: My doctor told me that I was a grown up and I could do whatever I wanted...but she highly suggested that I start on Cardizem
: to control my bp. She said I could end up on dialysis or have a stroke, heart attack, etc...if I didn't get it under control.
: My bp is always higher at the doctor's office - I think it has to do with the 'white coat syndrome'. Anyway, I've been on
: Cardizem for about a week now, and the last time my bp was checked it was 135/80, which makes me feel better. Like you, I
: wanted to control it naturally; I'm still taking garlic and potassium supplements, which I believe has helped lower my bp
: some but not enough. I forgot to mention that I'm in my 40's, and I'm about 40 lbs. overweight (if I could lose some of that
: weight, it would probably lower my bp - I'm working on that:)). Good luck in whatever you decide.

: : I went to the doctor's the other day. My blood pressure was 150 over 80 (borderline). My doctor said if the condition does not improve in 3 months, she wants me to start taking medication. She told me this is because I am 27 years old, thin, and exercise. (she thinks because I am doing everything right already - my blood pressure may not go down - that's a little negative on her part)!! Quite honestly, I do not want to get on medication, as I want to treat this condition naturally by supplements, relaxation techniques, and low fat diet. Should I get a second opinion? My grandfather had very high blood pressure. He was a smoker and had polio. He went on high blood pressure medication and passed away after he got off the medication. I guess I am leary of taking medication. Any suggestions or alternative medicines???? I am currently taking Vitamin E, 5 MG potassium, 1000 MG vitamin C. Should I start taking Magnesium, Omega 3, and Vitamin B6 as well?

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