Most people think that “heart” conditions and blood pressure problems are more of a “man’s” problem, but it’s actually the opposite!
In fact, blood pressure problems affect more women than men!
Did you know that if you’re a woman, aside from smoking … your biggest risk factor for having heart problems is blood pressure?…
And this is because women have smaller blood vessels in the heart, making them more vulnerable to blood pressure and inflammation of the blood vessels.
In fact, the statistics are startling….
Blood pressure problems affect one in four women, and kill significantly more women than men:
59% of women compared to 44% of men with blood pressure problems, according to American Heart Association’s 2016 statistics.
By the way, your goal for healthy blood pressure levels should be 120/80 or lower.
What Causes Blood Pressure Problems In Women?
- Pregnancy: The increased blood volume required to nurture a growing fetus—can potentially raise blood pressure to extremely high levels. For this reason, expectant mothers also should have blood pressure readings taken often. Also, blood pressure problems can develop rapidly in the last three months of pregnancy. When this happens, a woman may need treatment—even after delivery.
- Menopause: Normal age-related hormonal declines, often cause a woman’s arteries to become less elastic and more constrictive, thus contributing to blood pressure problems. Unfortunately, giving women synthetic hormones (estrogen and especially progesterone) makes this situation only worse.
- Metabolic Syndrome: Data from a five-year National Health and Nutrition Examination study of adults with blood pressure problems revealed what causes it in women: imbalance in cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and excess abdominal fat. These are typically associated with “metabolic syndrome”, which often leads to heart and blood sugar problems.
Pain Medications DOUBLES The Problem
A report from the Harvard School of Medicine revealed that women taking painkillers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) increased their risk for blood pressure problems by almost 100%
That’s DOUBLE the rate!
And this is because of the fluid retention and decreased kidney function due to these drugs.
So, only take these drugs occasionally, as needed, and definitely not daily or more than 3x weekly. By the way, aspirin does not cause blood pressure problems, but it has its own set of negative side effects.
Synthetic Hormones Make Thing Worse
Synthetic hormone replacement therapy (HRT), such as medroxyprogesterone found in drugs like Progestin and Provera, can also intensify blood pressure problems by causing blood vessels to constrict.
Additionally, an increase in progesterone causes a decrease in estrogen, which is NOT what you want because estrogen tends to help blood pressure in women.
Ironically, higher estrogen levels in men increase blood pressure.
5 Best Ways For Women To Protect Themselves From Blood Pressure Problems
- Manage your stress levels – sleep better, journal, relax, and be more mindful of your feelings. “Don’t sweat the small stuff”.
- Lose unwanted fat.
- Eat better – more healthy fats, fish, fiber, and vegetables, while decreasing carbs, sugars, alcohol, and processed foods.
- Exercise regularly – walking and lifting weights are best, 3-4x weekly is plenty.
- Take natural herbs and vitamins that are clinically proven to help support healthy blood pressure – such as Hawthorne Berry, Grape Seed, Celery Seed, Pomegranate and Lycopene extract… Along with Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, D3, and B6.
Remember, women really need to be careful with their blood pressure, especially if they’re over the age of 40 and are pre-menopausal or have gone through menopause.