And the younger it starts to rise, the more urgent it is to control it, because you presumably have more years of life for damage to accumulate than you would if you were older when it went up.
What kind of "damage" that can accumulate because of high BP, doc?
Well, I am not a doctor, but this story scared the bejeezus out of me, kind of close to home:
A couple of years ago I called my Mom and her phone was disconnected due to non-payment. Huh? Mom was always scrupulous about her bills. Turns out she could not figure out how the checkbook worked anymore, and was ashamed to tell me.
It took us awhile to figure out what was going on, but the diagnosis was vascular dementia, as a result of semi-uncontrolled high blood pressure (she took medicine, but it was not adjusted for too long). Very tiny mini-strokes in the brain accumulated to the point where she could not figure out how her checkbook worked anymore, got lost easily, etc.
We had one dissenting opinion, that it was something else, but the doctor who made the diagnosis of dementia provides very thorough medical care (kind of a rarity these days) and that's what we still believe it is.
I actually started lifting shortly after all of this.