I'm 27 and male, 5'9" and 165 lbs. Back in June, the doc measured my BP as 160/90. White coat syndrome, sure, but my own readings were still hovering around 142/88. With exercise and supplements (CoQ-10, garlic, hawthorn, olive leaf, magnesium, fish oil) I got it down to averaging ~124/82 and hypertensive readings were rare if ever.
In October I started paleo+dairy, but disappointingly that had no effect. Then, over the holiday break my BP started rising - now I'm waking up with ~120/80 but most days it's hitting hypertensive levels in the evening. Once it was even 150/88. I can often get it down to 120/80 if I sit calmly, however. I'm baffled - can anyone share their experiences?
I don't want to go on medication, if I can avoid it. I have a doc's appointment on Feb. 8 to schedule some bloodwork, and if it's not under better control she may recommend a drug. She's not very useful for other advice on this, regrettably.
edit: resting heart rate was 58 a couple months ago, but now is 65 or 70. Strange.
edit 2: I'm going to try a targeted ketogenic diet, as well as significantly reducing dairy. Even if the lower carbs don't bring it down directly, I may lower BP by losing fat. I'll report back later with updates, thank you all for your help so far.
Update 2/9: I've been on the targeted ketogenic diet since I posted this, and my results have been great - BP is usually in the 120s, and sometimes in the 110s if I've been sitting. It still shoots up occasionally - upon coming in from the cold, I'm sometimes still hypertensive - but it quickly drops to the 120s. But at the doc's office yesterday, they read 170/84! I have a serious nerves problem - I was hoping to impress the doc, but now I've gotta go back in a month and bring my home device.
Update 11/6: My BP was pretty good for the few months following my last update; it would usually get to 110/70 if I made sure I was relaxed, although if I was anxious it would still hit hypertensive levels. But in the last month or so, I've been hypertensive a lot, and my tinnitus has started to come back. Asked Paul Jaminet about it in person, and he asvides getting on the supplements they recommend, so I'm getting back on CoQ-10, kelp (iodine), K-2, and magnesium, and starting selenium and copper. Still very little idea on why this remains an issue; very little has been written about it in the paleosphere. I have been having lattes more regularly lately; caffeine or casein might have a role?
Update 2/6: BP has been mildly better. I've started garlic supplementation and have increased veggie intake including beets and celery. I don't think most of the supplements in the last update did much, but cleaner eating has been a marginal help. Diastolic has remained mostly good, with readings usually normal. Systolic sometimes still lands in the hypertensive zone, but not usually. It's strange to me when I get readings of 130/69! I wish more knowledgeable health bloggers would post on the topic!