If your blood pressure is regularly above 120/80, this is High Blood Pressure or Hypertension. You should start a conversation with your healthcare provider about treatment.
In addition to medications to lower blood pressure, the new guidelines recommend lifestyle changes. This includes stopping smoking, reducing salt and alcohol, and weight loss.
For every 2.2 lbs. you lose, your blood pressure will decrease 1mmhg. This means with a 20 lb. weight-loss, you could lower your blood pressure by 10 points. This change could be enough to keep you off of anti-hypertensive medication.