Thanks for the information. When I last spoke with my doctor, we discussed trying meds to get it down quickly, since it is fairly high, but that as my diet and overall health improved, we could see about
reducing or eliminating the meds and see if it does indeed remain lower.
I put on quite a bit of weight a few years ago. I was also diagnosed with barrett's esophagus which really did a number on me because up until that point I had been perfectly healthy, with nothing worse than the stomach flu every few years, and some mild allergies. The diagnosis brought on my anxiety disorder, though ironically it seems that now I am anxious about
everything except my barrett's. (It's very mild; no displagia, and it's a tiny spot that gets scoped every 24 months. My reflux responds well to meds, so there's not as much of a present threat there; it's a matter of remaining vigilant, though.)
Over the summer, I cut out a lot more than just salty foods. I cut out fast food entirely, eliminated all grease, all caffeine, etc. from what I eat. The Nurse Practitioner whom I saw there often firmly believed the BP jump resulted from the weight gain and the onset of the anxiety, since prior to all of that, my BP had been perfectly fine. (Yes, I know, I should not have let myself go back on all the foods I cut out, but my willpower at the time was lacking, and it was a very gradual return and thus more difficult to notice.) So medically, the approach, as I mentioned, is meds while diet improves, then we'll see if I can get off of them and see what the implications and effects would be.
My weight is an issue and it needs to come down whether it directly impacts my blood pressure or not. But since that is a long-term solution (and a lifelong commitment as well), I was looking for some short-term methods of making sure the ol' BP doesn't get too high. I certainly realize there are implications to extended medication regimens. I will be on reflux medication for the rest of my life due to my barrett's, so discussing the long-term implications is definitely going to happen. From my perspective, it seems like a comprehensive approach would include weight loss, meds if necessary (for short term and potentially long term), as well as stress management and anxiety management. I am doing the latter already, via counseling and a really good anxiety program from Lucinda Bassett (I definitely recommend it to anyone facing anxiety issues, it has helped immeasureably). With 5 kids, there is only so much one can do to relieve stress.
Again, thanks for the link, I'll be checking that out posthaste.
EDIT: I've read the article, and I like what I see. I've never tried a diet because I've seen how easily so many other, better people than I have failed miserably. But a plan like what is outlined there echoes with potential in my mind. I may just pick up a copy of this book and give it a read. Thanks for sharing.