This will make his 7th month on medication to control blood pressure, third month on a full pill of Losatan 100mgs. Does anyone know if b/p meds can ever be stopped with diet and weight loss or something?
It depends on the condition of the person. If overweight, yes losing weight can at least reduce the amount of medication needed. If the person gets salt in their diet, reducing salt can help lower it. I have never managed to get rid of my meds altogether, but when I lost weight, my dose was cut. I never ate much salt, so there wasn't anything to cut. There are other factors with high blood pressure that we can't do anything about, like heredity, and sometimes stress that totally stopping the med isn't usually possible, but decreasing it can happen. The stress sometimes we can deal with sometimes, with meditation or just changing what is stressing us.
I agree with the other responder. If your husband is obese & looses weight there may be a chance he could lose the blood pressure meds, but usually you can't always count on this happening. I had low blood pressure most of my life, but this past February suddenly developed high blood pressure. I take furosemide for mine, & atenolol I was already on for tachyarrhythmia or irregular heat beat due to a mitral valve prolapse.I asked my doctor a couple of days ago since my BP is now down to a good 118/59 if he thought I could drop my furosemide & he said definately not.This is a decision that includes a lot of factors, & his doctor is the final answer. Hope this helps... Mary
I recommend that you consult with a dietician so that he can know firsthand the effects of diet with blood pressure. My friend worked on controlling her BP which has hereditary factors by working with her diet. However, it took a dietician to help her see the real progress she can make. Though she will always take small doses of meds, she is safer now - which was her reason to gain control.
Your support will help him adjust. Heart attack and stroke are a lot worse to deal with. Your caring is important for him and evident with your question.
One other thing to check into, aside from losing weight and stress management, and sodium, is magnesium. There are many sites on the web run by MD's who are starting to get disgusted from big pharma. One big thing that they say is that magnesium should be the first line of defense against high blood pressure, but since it is not a pharmaceutical product, they don't push it. I am NOT a doctor, and do NOT stop his BP meds and try magnesium. You need to talk to the doctor before you do ANYTHING. Just giving you another piece of information that you asked about. Best of luck to you.
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