A 42 Year Old Male Friend Has Blood Pressure 200/178. In Addition To Medication, What Can He Do To Get The Numbers Down? He Also Has Been Diagnosed As Diabetic.

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A 42 Year Old Male Friend Has Blood Pressure 200/178. In Addition To Medication, What Can He Do To Get The Numbers Down? He Also Has Been Diagnosed As Diabetic.

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Hi Worried Friend:

First off you need to recheck your blood pressure. If you number is that high you need emergent attention. High blood pressure can lead to a stroke if not treated. Hypertension is known as a "silent killer" because a lot of times people can't feel their blood pressure is elevated.

What are Symptoms of High Blood Pressure

Here is the American Heart Association Recommendations are as follows:
Normal-Systolic: less than 120 and Diastolic: less than 80
Prehypertension-Systolic: 120-139 or Diastolic: 80-89 High Blood Pressure
Stage I-Systolic: 140-159 or Diastolic: 90-99 High Blood Pressure
Stage II-Systolic: 160 or higher or Diastolic: 100 or higher
Hypertensive Crisis (Emergency Care Needed)-Systolic: Higher than 180 or Diastolic: Higher than 110.

There are ways to possibly lower your blood pressure in addition with your medicine or eventually maybe even without your medicine. Key thing is: DIET, EXERCISE, and LIFESTYLE CHANGES.

Here are a few links that you may find useful:

10 Things to Do This Month to Lower Blood Pressure

10 Foods to Avoid with High Blood Pressure

High Blood Pressure and Heart Disease

Tips To Lower Your Blood Pressure Without Drugs

Take care,

Tara, RN