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I just had a doctor visit and my pressures is 145/94 she suggested

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I just had a doctor visit and my pressures is 145/94 she suggested I take blood pressure meds. However I was wondering if I dropped weight (I am currently 276lbs) would I b able to avoid medication
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 2 years ago.
Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, Experienced Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Yes definitely losing weight will normalize your blood pressure.
If you can lose 25 lbs or more your blood pressure should drop below 140/81 which is considered normal.
Also office BP measurement nowadays is not considered accurate to diagnose high BP.
We suggest daily home BP monitoring or ambulatory BP monitoring to check for hypertension.
If your BP mostly runs below 140/90 then medication is not needed.
Please follow a low sodium diet.
Reducing salt intake to less than 2 grams a day will also drop your BP.
Please also follow a low fat diet with plenty of dietary fibers.

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