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how long to wait for lifestyle changes to kick in?

Unfortunately I have elevated BP and have been trying to remedy it by lifestyle/diet changes.  I started on Jan 1 of his year and now (Feb 18) have had some progress.  

My BP Jan 1 was 136/100.  The top number vacillated between 136 and 150 and the bottom was fairly consistent between 100-102.

Today, my BP was 121/82 but it still vacillates, the top number goes as low as 117 and as high as 140.  The bottom number has more consistently come down and mostly reads in the mid 80s to low 80s but I can an occasional one off reading in the low 90s.

It's been only 6 weeks so far and I know I have a lot more work to do but just wondering if this is consistent progress expected with diet/lifestyle change or if my BP isn't responding as well to these changes.  I'm not on meds right now but was thinking of waiting until the 90 day mark then deciding.

Also, what is the best way to record BP, I was thinking 4 readings 1 minute apart then average of the 3 best out of 4.

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thanks, I will re-evaluate after 90 days (until end of March) and then consider medication.
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That sounds like a great plan. Let me know how it goes!
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Gosh, it has not been that long and you ARE seeing an effect already it seems like. Give yourself 3 to 6 months. Your bp is still in the hypertension range. I hovered there myself for a very long time and finally my doctor convinced me to begin medication. I do respond to lowering my weight with lower blood pressure but it is hard for me to maintain that. I have genetic or familial hypertension. Definitely wait until 90 days to see where you are at. What lifestyle changes have you made?
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