I may have hypertension
aka high blood pressure. The dentist used one of the automatic wrist cuffs on me the other day and it was 140/93. I need to get one that is known to be accurate to re-test myself.
I think it's stress and lack of exercise. My diet is good, and I'm losing weight (BMI is still high though).
A coworker is taking meds for it and he says they make him feel loopy and make it hard to work. So I'm not keen on the idea of pills. Especially since there seems to be an element of trial-and-error in picking the right pill and dosage.
One in four Americans apparently have it.
September 13th, 2017 6:34pm
Maybe the kick in the ass that you need to deal with the stress and exercise issues.
September 13th, 2017 6:58pm
Are you able to walk more? Walk to work? Or to the railway station? Climb stairs instead of using the lift?
Or, get up half an hour earlier and walk around the block. Half an hour to an hour of walking per day should be your target.
September 13th, 2017 7:07pm
That's only slightly high.
Maybe cut out coffee? Alcohol? Cigarettes?
September 13th, 2017 7:10pm
The high blood pressure drugs allegedly also give you ED.
September 13th, 2017 7:11pm
No current ED problems. And don't want any.
Caffeine might be something to cut. That's going to be painful.
September 13th, 2017 9:20pm
Walk to work - Google says that's 3 hours. And includes one of Austin's 10%+ grade hills.
September 13th, 2017 9:56pm
My b.p. medicine gives me none of the side effects you mentioned.
I'm on two: furosemide and Lisinopril.
September 13th, 2017 10:16pm
Diovan for the win. It's generic now.
I worked on that drug back in the day.
But, it's really fucking hard to get rid of it via diet and exercise. Take the drugs, because strokes are no fun at all.
September 13th, 2017 10:51pm
"Walk to work - Google says that's 3 hours. And includes one of Austin's 10%+ grade hills."
Get a bike, if you are worried about the hill get an e-bike, if you are worried about the traffic then don't do anything and die from a heart attack.
By the way, if you are over weight then your diet isn't sorted. You can't reduce your BMI on exercise alone, most of it is what you shovel in your gob.
September 14th, 2017 3:48am
140/90 barely qualifies as hypertension. I have a friend who had 220/120 and went back to yours by diet alone (quit drinking and coffee for a year). He's now added back both acohool and caffeine to his habits but not at the rate of a 20 years old. So try plain diet first, there's no need for medicine at your level yet.
September 15th, 2017 12:21am
Eat less and move more is always the first thing to try.
September 15th, 2017 2:44am
Well, you are doing the sensible thing by getting advice from COT :)
I didn't even know dentists took blood pressure. I'd ignore any readings from that. Being at the dentist is stressful.
Buy your own BP cuff and get a number of readings.
September 15th, 2017 10:49am
+1 to Io. Doctors are in much too much of a hurry to correct numbers barely above what THEY think of as "normal". And they race to the drug-cabinet to do so.
THAT is why 1/4 of Americans have hypertension -- because their doctors are using bogus numbers to say so.
September 15th, 2017 1:01pm
When I started to do research in Nijmegen, I went to a doctor to have my blood pressure measured, because I had a bleeding nose.
He measured 160/120 and immediately started to subscribe beta blockers.
I reflected on my way of life, and observed that I worked too hard, every evening expecting my programs to run correctly and give results, instead of taking some time to develop the quality and accept that it would take time before the system would be operational.
I took more time relaxing, and four weeks later I went to a different doctor, who measured 120/80, and I had never touched the beta blockers.
> Buy your own BP cuff and get a number of readings.
That's the idea. Theirs gets used 10+ times a day, so it's probably worn out.
September 17th, 2017 12:35pm
whenever i test my bp at home it's high, often very high while everyone else in the house is normal.
Whenever the doctor tests it he shrugs and says it's fine.
I'm happy to take him at his word because I don't want to go on tablets.
September 18th, 2017 8:26am