I'm a 26 year old African-American male that's been diagnosed with hypertension recently and put on hydrochlorothiazide.
I'm about 5'9 and weigh around 150, so I'm not overweight at all, and I don't smoke. I do drink, not everyday but rather heavily on the weekend. The diuretic seems to be very effective at reducing my blood pressue, but it does bother me that I have to take meds for it at such a young age. Does the fact that diuretics are so effective mean I'm "salt-sensitive"? Lik e many African-Americans I do have a family history of hypertension (both of my parents have it, and neither is obese). Other than meds, anything I can do to control my blood pressure?
Like I said, weight isn't an issue and I don't smoke. I suppose I could try to limit my salt intake, though that's pretty difficult (seems like almost everything is high in salt). Not sure if the alcohol makes a difference. Any other suggestions? Am I kind of screwed over by my genes?
it sounds to me that it is purely genetic. I too had high blood pressure young, as did my older brother and mother. Have you had your cholesterol checked? If you have high numbers of your HDL, that could be the culprit also. Alcohol will make your BP high as well. LImiting your salt intake will help tremendously, as will drinking lots of water.