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My own personal opinion is that "average" diastolic blood pressure is healthiest near 70 and is less healthy as the average increases from 70. That said, an "average" diastolic blood pressure near 80 is still pretty damn good! :)

The reason why I focus on diastolic is because diastolic pressure is when the circulatory system is at rest, or between beating. The higher the diastolic, the higher the blood pressure ALL the time! :eek: Even so... when my blood pressure started getting better, both systolic and diastolic got better in lockstep.

I don't have a readily prepared Systolic chart, but I did find an old post with the raw systolic and diastolic averages for 2003 and 2008.

From 1998 thru 2008, I'd taken my blood pressure over 25,000 times. While doctors do not know what causes high blood pressure, I found out exactly what was causing mine as a result of my 25,000 blood pressure readings (now 31,000).

My average BP for 2003 was 151/96 based on 1032 readings. Pretty awful for having worked hard on lowering my blood pressure for FIVE years! :( Thousands of readings, many medicine changes, diet changes, environment changes, and yet, the net fruit of my labor was an average blood pressure of 151/96! Good grief.

The following were my hourly blood pressure readings for the entire year of 2003. If anything, it will give an idea of how one person's blood pressure varies throughout the day. The averages are listed via the 24 hour clock. So you need to subtract 12 from any time after noon, in order to get the afternoon times. Thus 16 is actually 4pm. At 4pm (16) my readings were 146/92 based on 59 readings. At 10pm (22) my readings were 163/103 based on 60 readings.

Hour Systolic/Diastolic and Readings; --- for Jan 1, 2003 through Dec 31, 2003
[LIST][*]1 141/86 # 3[*]2 144/90 # 6[*]3 143/93 # 7[*]4 151/98 # 7[*]5 150/97 # 8[*]6 153/100 # 16[*]7 158/102 # 54[*]8 147/93 # 83[*]9 139/88 # 80[*]10 143/90 # 88[*]11 147/94 # 71[*]12 148/95 # 73[*]13 151/96 # 39[*]14 148/92 # 21[*]15 152/94 # 41[*]16 146/92 # 59[*]17 147/93 # 37[*]18 152/95 # 46[*]19 155/99 # 64[*]20 162/101 # 71[*]21 163/102 # 75[*]22 163/103 # 60[*]23 156/98 # 19[*]24 145/97 # 4[/LIST]


I started a strict, frequent feeding, low calorie, low carb diet in December, 2004. The effects of the diet were almost immediate, and resulted in a lowering of my blood pressure. For 2008, my average has been 121/72, based on 1968 readings, but when I look at the hourly averages, I notice that my morning readings, from 6am through noon are now my lows for the day, whereas when my blood pressure was at very unhealthy levels, in 2003, the blood pressure levels were always bad, but the worst from 8pm to 10pm. My afternoon average blood pressure readings are somewhat higher than I would like, but acceptable since my health is improving at these levels. Interesting huh? The readings for the early morning and late night are somewhat faulty because of the low number of readings. The reason I was up at that time was probably because I wasn't feeling good, or was having problems with my heart, so I would expect higher readings during those times of illness and stress.

I also notice that I take more readings in the morning, when my blood pressure is at it's best, so that my average blood pressure of 121/72 for all of 2008, is not as good as it seems, and should probably be about 124/73, all things being equal.

The following are my hourly averages for 2008.

Hour Systolic/Diastolic and Readings; --- for Jan 1, 2008 through Nov 9, 2008
[LIST][*]1 134/75 # 8[*]2 125/75 # 6[*]3 128/73 # 6[*]4 128/74 # 14[*]5 123/71 # 43[*]6 119/69 # 140[*]7 112/67 # 180[*]8 109/64 # 145[*]9 118/71 # 127[*]10 115/69 # 124[*]11 118/70 # 98[*]12 119/71 # 121[*]13 123/73 # 67[*]14 125/74 # 142[*]15 122/73 # 53[*]16 126/74 # 131[*]17 129/76 # 60[*]18 128/76 # 142[*]19 128/76 # 77[*]20 125/75 # 137[*]21 125/74 # 85[*]22 125/73 # 74[*]23 131/75 # 9[*]24 125/71 # 3[/LIST]





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