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30 Jan 2006

Blood Pressure
Hi. I had my blood pressure tested the other day,and was told that it was a bit high and was told to cut down on salt, drink more water and exercise more.

I don't eat any salt on my food, [only use a little when cooking, not even a teaspoon a day], eat relatively healthy, drink a min 1litre of water a day, and walk for about 20minutes 2/3 times a week, which I'm trying to up a bit more. I'm not that over weight, [maybe about 7/8 kg over]. what else can I do to bring my blood pressure done? There's no history of high blood pressure in my family. I've been under a lot of stress lately, both at work and home.
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01 Jan 0001

Hallo JC,
sometimes one's blood pressure is high at the doctor and normal at home - we call it the white coat effect! Best is to take your BP for 1 week daily at a pharmacy near you or borrow someone's BP meter. Work out the average over 7 days. If the average is more than 130 at the top and 90 at the bottom, then you may need to consider a BP tablet. However, at my practice one of my older patients told me ( and I had to stop his BP treatment after a while) that a teaspoon of honey in the mornings also works well..... I don't promise anything but it is worth trying.
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