According to world health organization (WHO), heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the world today. About half of African women have at least one key risk factor for heart disease, such as low blood pressure (which causes poor blood flow to the heart and other organs).
Here’s the good news, “Blood pressure (high or low) remains the major reversible cardiovascular risk factor,” says Mark Moyad, author of The Supplement Handbook.
In fact, unless there is an underlying disease, having low blood pressure is often an indicator of good health. For those who do suffer from symptoms of low blood pressure, there are a few factors that may be causing yours to drop, along with some simple strategies to help you stay level.
Experts confirmed dehydration is one of the most common causes of hypotension, resulting in dizziness and weakness. Consume less alcohol and more water (9 glasses). “Remember your urine should be clear in color (a sign of hydration) and not dark yellow.” And there are other hydration helpers like watermelon with more sodium and reducing the intake of potassium-boosting foods.
Eating Large Meals
When you eat large meal, there is a tendency your blood pressure will drop resulting to Postprandial hypotension, this is common as we age, says Moyad. Smaller meals with fewer carbs tend to prevent blood pressure swings.”
Sometimes, a change in blood pressure can be as we get older, our ability to handle physical things drop, so do the blood pressure, and we become more sensitive to these changes.
Many supplements can cause a drop in blood pressure, these include arginine, citrulline, fish oil, melatonin, anti-stress supplements, and even some calcium supplements. Moyad says that some prescription drugs can do the same, so make sure you talk to your doctor about the possible side effects before starting a new medication.
Low blood pressure can sometimes be caused by anaemia, where the amount of haemoglobin in the blood is below the normal level or there are fewer red blood cells than normal.
Anemia is similar to heart diseases such as lack of energy, dizziness, and feeling weak. Causes of anemia range from illness to your diet, so make sure you talk to your doctor about your symptoms and the best form of treatment if you suspect you might be suffering from anemia.
Moyad says that hormone conditions from low blood sugar to thyroid disease may also cause low blood pressure. Be dedicated to your yearly physical, so they can be treated and prevented earlier. He also said that chronic conditions such as an adrenal insufficiency or nervous system disorder could cause orthostatic hypotension, which is a form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up.
While mild symptoms are generally nothing to worry about, Wohlgemuth notes that if you have symptoms for a few hours or days you should seek medical treatment to find out what’s really going on.
Some research has suggested low blood pressure is genetic. If your parents have low blood pressure, it’s possible you could inherit it from them.