i haven't, but i know several people who've lowered their cholesterol and blood pressure through lifestyle changes. exercise is a really big help, bec active people use the cholesterol in their bodies, and maintain the healthy cholesterol. see this article: http://www.fdlrez.com/HumanServices/medical/d iabetes/nlaug05.htm (it was written for ppl w/diabetes bec they're at increased risk for heart disease, but it's topic is blood pressure).
i wish you luck. medication works, but so does healthy living.
I have. I was 220 and I'm now at 174. My BP before was 125/80 and pulse was always 85. Now, my BP is 115/72 and pulse is 65. A little bit does go a long way!
I noticed that I have eaten more whole grain foods and drinking more water/lowering salt intake. So maybe those changes besides the weight loss has contributed to it going down.
I think "how long it takes" relates more to pounds lost than duration of healthy lifestyle. I lost 45 lbs in about 5 months, so that's how long it took for my BP to change - some people lose faster, some lose slower.
I lowered my blood pressure with exercise and diet.
When I decided to change my lifestyle, I was 205 pounds (5' 3") and I don't even know how bad my blood pressure or cholesteral were. I didn't want to know. When I started exercising three days a week at the gym, I could barely do elliptical fast enough to keep it from saying I'd paused and needed to resume exercise.
At 3 months, I'd lost 9 pounds and my blood pressure was 145/90.
At 8 months, I'd lost 23 pounds and my blood pressure was in the 130s/80. At that point, I added the diet element (including lower sodium) and increased my workouts significantly
At month 18, and I'd lost a total of 42 pounds, my BP was 110/74 (and my cholesterol was 202.
I don't know how much of it was exercise, how much the lower salt diet, and how much was weight loss. But all together, it worked.
I was diagnosed with high BP about 1 1/2 years ago. It was 150/110. I was immediately taken off my BC pill and I slowly saw the numbers get better within about 5-6 months. The numbers never really got better then 130/90. I exercise 5 times a week, I am not over weight, but LOVE my coffee. I recently tried to cut back on caffeine and processed foods; and have been more aware of my stress level and the last time I got checked my BP was 117/80. I am too young to start taking a pill for the rest of my life, so I was very pleased to see those numbers.