Global_Citizen saidI've always been active and exercise regularly, so when I went for my last checkup and my blood pressure was 138 over 92, it was a bit of a surprise.
That's not technically high, but it's right on the cusp. And enough to motivate me to bring it down.
After six months of modifying my diet to restrict sodium, and take in more magnesium (avocados) and potassium (bananas), both of which help lower blood pressure, I am now consistently getting readings around 115 over 68. Much better.
And my resting pulse rate has also gone down. From an average of 68 to 48.
Anyone else watching their blood pressure and having success with diet modifications?
Blood pressure, resting heart rate and so on can vary all over the place. In my late 20's my resting heart rate was in the mid 40's when I biked a lot and didn't eat as much as I should. Now, my heart rate is higher, and, depending on my activity level it goes from around the high 60's on up to the mid 80s. My blood pressure stays about 135/75...sometimes a bit lower, and sometimes a a bit higher, if I get to much sodium. My cholesterol is 130. When I'm training for a contest, I can hold my heart rate at 160 for 20 minutes, although I probably couldn't do it today, and would need a month or two to get back in that conditioning. On my CMPs I'm considered in the top 2% of fitness levels (I've also had fitness tests done), and I'm considered at no risk of a heart attack, and a very low risk of stroke. My blood work is great, and is testimonial to a lifestyle of 34 years of weightlifting and being active. As they say, the proof is in the numbers. Most sensible doctors are probably going to want a BP below 140/90, although some are nuts...and will medicate it way down, but, turn the patient into a zombie in the process.
There is some school of thought that a systolic pressure over 115 is to high (I've met a doctor that thinks that) but with most people that's nearly impossible without over medicating them. Most doctors I've talked to are more concerned about a diastolic pressure over 90.
I found that avoiding things with sodium keeps the bp where it needs to be. I've also found that I can get my BP down to around 125, doing intense cardio regularly. When you have lots of dense muscle, your bp is going to run a bit higher...there's just no getting around it.