Well- this is my first posting in this forum, and I'm pissed with myself for needing to ask what I'm going to- cyclists are all invincible, right? And I haven't done a search, so I don't know if this has been kicked around before.
I'm 58, train as if I'm going to race (which I did in younger days), and am "pre-hypertensive". Since I eat right, exercise, don't smoke and all that stuff, the only baggage I had to toss overboard in an attempt to control the blood pressure with lifestyle related things was alcohol, which I consumed (mostly) moderately. That didn't do any good, and I haven't tried low salt since I eat mainly non-processed foods and don't use much salt. Nothing I did made any difference.
I let the doc convince me to use a low dose of lisinopril, which brought the readings down to nicely below "normal". It also made me cough, and my wife, who I tandem with, said that she felt I was more tired and not riding as strongly as I did before the med. To put it in her gentle terms, I wasn't the man she married.
I would guess that in the 50+ on this forum group there is a broad spectrum of experience with blood pressure medications, so I'm posting this query:
What is the best (or better at least) blood pressure medication to try if you want to avoid compromising athletic performance? I realize this is a matter of opinion, but I want to have the benefit hearing what others have experienced before I give in to what seems to be inevitable and go back to the doc for pills.