So this week I joined the ranks of the daily medicated and have been placed on a low dose blood pressure medication. It's been on the cards for the last few months and with my genetic family history, always likely to happen. Both my parents died of heart disease and my mother was on tablets for hypertension as long as I knew her. I have been conscious of the fact that as I entered my 40's it would be harder for me to keep the blood pressure under control and it was likely I would end up having to take something. I have been interested by my reaction to having to move on to medication. I guess I have always been rather proud of the fact that I have never had a major operation since my tonsils were removed at 9 years old and that I was well into my 30's before I even had a blood test. My health has always been good and my immune system is great, so I have taken it as somewhat of a dent to my ego to now face the reality of needing some form of medication to be able to continue to live a healthy life.
This of course is ridiculous if I think about it for more than a few seconds. We as humans are already living much longer than our bodies were initially designed to do. The process of aging is inevitable and I should be thankful I live in an age when I can be prescribed medicine which will prolong my healthy existence and indeed ensure I have a good quality of life into a ripe old age. Yet, still, I am slightly depressed by my reality and I guess the reality of aging.
So where to from here? Well, I need to get my exercise up. I am by no means obese, but I do need to exercise more and I need to eat a bit better than I have of late. Also, I am conscious that I need to spend more time finding a spiritual as well as physical form of relaxation, so that I can help my body to naturally be calmer. If I am going to be taking medication, I do also need to be able to honestly say to myself that I am doing all I can to be healthy and not medicating to make up for my excesses or bad lifestyle choices.