It sounds like you are doing quite ok on your sodium. Your blood pressure is very good. I think tastewise it is kind of what you get used to.
Richard, and everyone else, I have a question about your blood pressure.
I have had what is called high blood pressure most of my life. Off and on meds, and am now on several meds. My favorite thing to irritate my doctor is to get after him about blood pressure readings. He knows I monitor it at home all the time, and asks me about it, and even wants me to fax him some numbers now and then.
Trouble is, he never tells me how and when he wants me to check it. Do any of you test your blood pressure at home? I have searched and come to the conclusion that blood pressure needs to be checked after the patient has sat quietly, upright, feet flat on the floor, for five minutes. Experts have even said this, plus, take three readings over the course of another five minutes, and use the lowest one of those three.
Sitting in the waiting room watching those stupid TV shows for twenty minutes, then a quick walk to the scale, and the pulse meter and body temp are done with another sprint to keep up with the nurse to the treatment room where the nurse immediately sits me down and takes my blood pressure. It is invariably "high"
This isn't a diabetes issue, but how do you folks take your blood pressure. Richard says his is 125/80. Is that all the time, 24/7, or just when you visit the doctor? Curious, not nosey, okay
My doctor says to just take it any old time, and with me, that is bogus. If I am doing my thing all day, and just sit down and check it, it will be 140/70. If I am up and about, and just sit and take it, I can still see 170 on the systolic. If I wait even two minutes and just relax and breath deeply, it will go to 120/65. The systolic always dives when I relax. If I sit for five minutes, and take several readings, I can drop it all the way down to as low, so far, as 80/51. Of course my doctor thinks I am wrong, and that its 140/70 because that is what he gets in his office, along with the old "white coat syndrome"
Why am I rambling?
Because I don't think "what is your blood pressure" is any more valid a question than "what is your blood sugar level" Unless someone attaches a when, or circumstances to the question, it is totally invalid. Therefore, I reject most of the notions that salt should automatically be considered a bad thing that raises BP, since no one seems to know how to do a BP reading that everyone agrees is accurate.
I think anyone who tests BP at home will agree, and those who only get their's tested at the doctor office would be suprised at how much it fluctuates over the course of the day.
My diet and weight loss has caused my numbers to plummet, as until I changed my eating and exercise habits, I was hard pressed to get under 140/80, no matter what I did, so the loss of weight, the increased exercise, and the old prescription of meds have all combined to bottom out my BP numbers.
Its another example of the medical profession not really knowing what they are talking about, and not ever being in agreement on many things. My doctor knows more about how my heart and my pancrease work than I do, but he does not know much about how to measure and control these organs. I guess its a lot to ask for one person to know so much, but I would prefer that they admit that, and allow the patients to be a part of the treatment and the diagnosis process, rather than us just blindly trusting them.
Wow, once I get going......