New guidelines suggest that for people over 60, the side effects of blood pressure medication can do more harm than good in people with slightly elevated numbers.
My story? After suffering through dangerous side effects of two blood pressure medications, I said “enough”, I’ll do it myself. I’ve brought my blood pressure down to normal by changes in lifestyle. This Mayo Clinic article “10 ways to control high blood pressure without medication” describes the effects of various lifestyle changes on blood pressure – small changes can collectively become major reductions. As with everything, work with your doctor to be sure you are doing what’s best for your situation.