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Posted by Cathy on December 28, 1999 at 12:57:28:

In Reply to: Re: Would you take HBP medicine if you were borderline?? posted by Maria on November 22, 1999 at 12:22:24:

I also have borderline high blood pressure. I am 55 and have been running around 150/90. I do not want to take medication and was wondering about supplements. What supplements are generally recommended and in what dosages? I have also read something about Co Enzyme Q being of some help with high blood pressure. Does anyone know anything about that? Thanks, Cathy

: Sarah,

: Thank you for your response. I agree with you 100%. I exercise at least 3 times a week and continue to take Potassium, Omega 3, and garlic. My BP has dropped down to 135's over upper 80's, so I am worried. I am just carrying on with my life and not letting the BP stress me out anymore. I think before when it was elevated - I was constantly stressing about it and taking my BP a couple times a day. You just have to let it go and do the best you can! So, you are a marathon runner? I hear that running is the best form of exercise you can do to lower your BP. I have started to take spinning classes (intense cycling). I am not going to get on medication. I am going to go see a Chinese Herbalist. I have been told he will take your pulse and then prescribe natural remedies for your problem. Thanks, Maria

: : I would like to respond to the 27 year old woman who is considering taking BP medication even though she is borderline. I am 26 years old and am in the same position - my BP has averaged 150/100 whenever I go to the doctor's. I lead a very active lifestyle - am a marathon runner, do not smoke, eat healthy, rest, and monitor my stress levels. My concerns about BP are long term - how will it affect pregnancy down the road? After speaking with a doctor, she said to not dwell on it at this point in my life. If you can exercise on a regular basis, eat healthy, and do not smoke, then you really should AVOID medication at this point in your life. Ten different doctor's will tell you 10 different things. My gut feeling is to side with what I was told and continue to take care of myself and avoid medication at all costs. The body is an excellent regulator of itself - look after it and it will look after you. Prolong the medication until your later years if you are borderline --- and try not to dwell on the BP (your mental state has a lot to do with your physical state).

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