Why is my blood pressure rising if I am doing everything right?

Q: I am 5′-8″ and 168 lbs.  I had lost about 17 lbs since last October, when I started exercising more and eating healthier. I currently exercise 4 times a week (mostly cardio, some weights).  Why has my blood pressure gone up instead of down.  Last October I was 138/87.  Now I am about 147/95.  I feel my body is trimmer and more fit, but why is my blood pressure deteriorating?  I have been on Crestor 10 mg for several years now and that has not changed.

A: Weight is not the only risk factor for high blood pressure.  Genetics and age play a role.  It is possible your blood pressure would be even worse if you had not made the life style changes. Make sure you are really are eating healthier.  Just because a processed food is labeled heart healthy, natural, or organic doesn’t mean it is good for you.  For tips on healthy eating and on the DASH diet which has been proven to lower blood pressure, check out these online resources:

USDA – Healthy Eating on a Budget

Mayo Clinic -DASH diet: Healthy eating to lower your blood pressure

Mayo Clinic – DASH Diet Recipes


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