Our expert says:
your concern is a valid one. your boyfriend is also abit young to be hypertensive so it is very important for him to pay extra attention to his health :low salt diet, plenty of exercise and lots of frutis and veges is definitely the way to go. decreased sex drive is sometimes a side effect of certain antihypertensive tablets and if it develops within 4 weeks of starting the drug, than he should consult his gp or a sexologist who can change him to a tablet that has less effect on sex drive eg a tablet belonging to the ARB (angiotensin receptor blocker) group. also some men get a bit scared when diagnosed with hypertension and this can also affect his sex drive. ensure he has accepted this diagnosis and understand that it doesnot stop him from doing the things he nomally does. be careful that he doesnt stop his meds completely without first discussing it with his doctor. other causes for decreased sex drive will also need to be excluded by the gp/sexologist.
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