I am 36 and have high blood pressure. I wouldn't call myself overweight, however I am in an extremely stressful job. There are many things you can do to reduce high blood pressure, reducing salt intake is just one thing. Regular exercise is extremely good and reducing your fat intake is another. I am on a drug called Karvea. I would have to say it is excellent. It is by Sanofi. It is excellent and I have had no side affects. However, you should always take advice from your Doctor. My thoughts on taking drugs are this....if I do not take a drug to control my blood pressure then I am at risk of a heart attack and an early grave. I would rather take the drug.