Q:My boyfriend (age 53) takes medication for high blood pressure. At rest his blood pressure is always on the low end of the normal range like 100/64 to 110/70. However when he exercises his blood pressure goes up to 200/110 with hardly any exertion and he doesn’t even feel like he’s worked up a sweat yet. He is dieting to lose 25 extra pounds. He’s basically avoiding eating red meat and chicken in his diet. Any other suggestions?
A:It sounds like your boyfriend’s blood pressure is not in good control if minimal activity makes it go sky high. He needs to see his doctor. He may want to also consider the DASH Eating Plan designed for blood pressure.