6 doctors weighed in:

Can you reduce high blood pressure without medication?

6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Hammes
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

The dash diet (google it) (it should be a lifestyle, not a diet, because diets are temporary) may reduce BP by 5-8 mm hg (points).
Some drastic improvements in lifestyle (dash, wt loss, quit alcohol) may make meds unnecessary, but in some patients, BP will require medicine to get to safe level even with a healthy lifestyle.

In brief: Sometimes

The dash diet (google it) (it should be a lifestyle, not a diet, because diets are temporary) may reduce BP by 5-8 mm hg (points).
Some drastic improvements in lifestyle (dash, wt loss, quit alcohol) may make meds unnecessary, but in some patients, BP will require medicine to get to safe level even with a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. John Hammes
Dr. John Hammes
Thank
Dr. John Szawaluk
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Sometimes

Lifestyle modification including weight loss, low salt diet, exercise, alcohol in moderation are essential first steps and at times can prevent the need for medications.

In brief: Sometimes

Lifestyle modification including weight loss, low salt diet, exercise, alcohol in moderation are essential first steps and at times can prevent the need for medications.
Dr. John Szawaluk
Dr. John Szawaluk
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Adam Smith
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
13 years in practice
382K people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors