25 Sep '13, 6pm

Q: Does running help with high blood pressure? A:

Q: Does running help with high blood pressure? A:

I'm 43 and have been running for 20 years. I have a generally healthy lifestyle, but my blood pressure is getting to the point where I'll probably need medication. I have no other medical issues. I am 5'9" and weigh 163 lbs. I've been running 20-25 miles/week for the past 20 years at an 8-9 minute pace. I have not run marathons, but have completed many half marathons and 10Ks. My training includes occasional speedwork, hill running, and long runs (10-15 milers). I don't smoke or drink and never have. There is no strong family pattern of hypertension (some on mother's side, but not overwhelming). I eat a decent diet, with an emphasis on greens and fruits and a de-emphasis on processed foods. My sodium intake was probably not ideal for most of my life (but not crazy high). Luckily, I have no biomechanical issues.

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