I am really stumped...
My boyfriend has been vegetarian for over three years, vegan for over a year, and has high blood pressure (yesterday at the doctor reading 170/100).
He is not overweight (6'1" and about 210 with muscle), does not smoke, does not drink. Granted, we have not been the most physically active, but we are trying to get more of a gym routine going. We try to eat low sodium, avoid most caffeine, etc.
What is going on? High blood pressure DOES run in his family, but both of his parents never had problems until recently (in their late 40s). His brother, who is three years younger, is overweight, quite sedentary, drinks, and smokes, yet he has "normal" blood pressure.
When my boyfriend saw a doctor yesterday, he told him about his dietary lifestyle, and the doctor stressed that diet only contributes 25% to blood pressure. I know that heredity does play a role, but is it THAT significant of a role that all the other healthy aspects of his life do not make up for it in any way?
He is getting blood work on Saturday and will see the doctor again in a less than a month. We are going to work on cooking even better foods and going to the gym daily, in the mean time.
Does anyone have any thoughts? I googled for "vegans with high blood pressure" and all similar combinations but could find absolutely nothing. This just seems unreal to me. Can anyone help?