Our expert says:
It is not unusual for one's BP to increase as one gets a little older, however maintaining BP at 130 / 80 and below is ideal.
There are other variables that should also be considered. Is your BP is consistently 157/80 or does it vary? Do you experience any symptoms related to BP (headaches, dizziness etc.) Does it improve with rest and increase with activity? Are uou ever short of breath? It would be important to have these questions answered.
With respect to your Health Carer, I wouldn't rely on her assessment of your BP (unless you have a medical doctor caring for you!). I would suggest you consult with your GP for a professional assessment of your BP.
There are some additional things that you can do to manage your BP. Improving your aerobic fitness will always assist with BP management so consider changing your exercise routine to improve your fitness level. Although you mention that you are not over weight, body composition (your fat weight vs muscle weight) is crucial to you health and wellness. Perhaps consider introducing a very simple resistance exercise programme (lifting light weights).
Hope this helps.
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