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Can Menopause Cause High Blood Pressure?

When you think of menopause symptoms, what springs to mind first? Hot flushes? Mood swings? Fatigue? Aching joints? Vaginal dryness? But what about high blood pressure?

A woman’s risk of high blood pressure, or hypertension, can increase in menopause, and with it comes an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. But why is this the case?

And how can you look after your blood pressure risk in menopause to keep your health in the best possible condition?

Menopause and High Blood Pressure: The Link

Oestrogen is thought to naturally prevent a build-up of plaque in the arteries, contributing to keeping your blood pressure at a healthy level. So, when your oestrogen supply begins to decline and you start to experience menopause symptoms, your blood pressure can be sent off balance, along with many other processes in your body - this is why you can experience hot flushes, night sweats, mood swings and many other symptoms.

Stress and anxiety can be among these symptoms for some women, and these can increase the likelihood of high blood pressure too. You may find yourself putting on weight in menopause as well, and being overweight or obese can further raise the risk of hypertension.

What’s more, some women who take HRT experience an increase in their blood pressure levels, particularly if they’ve struggled with this in the past. With this in mind, women with a history of high blood pressure or who are overweight may prefer to seek out alternative, more natural options to support them through menopause.

How to Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure Levels

The menopause supplements that we stock offer a more natural alternative for managing menopause symptoms than HRT, and could help to rebalance your hormone levels. Take Femarelle® supplements, for example; they contain a derivative of soy known as DT56a, which can mimic the effects of your natural oestrogen, potentially helping you to feel more balanced as a result.

This could help to reduce your risk of hot flushes, mood swings, stress and anxiety and therefore high blood pressure as well.

In addition, rebalancing your hormones could help with regulating your metabolism, allowing you to manage your weight more easily, further reducing your risk of hypertension.

It’s important to follow a healthy lifestyle too to maintain a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly. In fact, exercise could help you to relieve stress and anxiety too, especially if you practice something like yoga or pilates, as well as contributing to keeping your weight in check.

Look after yourself in menopause with a little help from Femarelle® - shop the range here.

Sources:

http://www.bloodpressureuk.org/BloodPressureandyou/Yourbody/Menopause

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/16979-estrogen--hormones

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/expert-answers/menopause-and-high-blood-pressure/faq-20058406

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/high-blood-pressure-hypertension/