If I have hbp 142/90 do I need meds. I hate meds. Can I fix it with good eating and exercise? I'm under 40, male, 140 cholesterol, 5'5 h, 159 w, no other medical problems
Doctors . Doctors tend to negotiate with patients in situations such as yours. It usually ends with a 3 month trial of dietary changes (ncluding decreasing salt/sodium) and exercise. After the trial you and your doctor can re-visit the issue and decide if medication is right for you. Be aware that high blood pressure, especially in combination with high cholesterol, can eventually lead to a heart attack or stroke;therefore this would be a good reason not to "hate meds". Best of luck.