I'm 55 And My Blood Pressure Is 135/87 Average. Is This Okay? Thank You.

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I'm 55 And My Blood Pressure Is 135/87 Average. Is This Okay? Thank You.

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Hi Kelly,

The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.

Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

Caution Range - Prehypertension
Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
Take action!

Normal Range - Normal
Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg
Perfect!

A blood pressure of 135/87 mm Hg falls within the prehypertension range. I recommend making dietary and lifestyle changes to lower your average blood pressure to less than 120/80. You may want to learn more about the DASH diet. I also recommend discussing with your doctor.

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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