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PMS and High Blood Pressure: A Hidden Link

By    |   Monday, 13 Jun 2016 05:08 PM

High blood pressure or hypertension is not uncommon among women. New research has found a link between premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and high blood pressure.

According to Marcelle Pick, a nurse practitioner for Women to Women, nearly 25 percent of all women will be diagnosed with high blood pressure and the condition has become much more common in recent years. Often, hypertension is not detected until the damage has already been done.

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A recent study carried out at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and published in the American Journal of Epidemiology discovered women with moderate to severe PMS have an increased risk of developing high blood pressure later in life, HealthDay News reported.

The large study followed nearly 4,000 women over two decades. Some of the women developed clinically significant PMS while the others had only mild PMS. The group with the moderate to severe PMS was 40 percent more likely to develop hypertension when compared to those women with mild PMS.

The lead researcher on the study, Dr. Elizabeth R. Bertone-Johnson, told Reuters the two conditions had not been previously linked. However, both PMS and high blood pressure share some of the same risk factors and mechanisms.

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For example, Bertone-Johnson says both conditions may involve dysfunction of the system that regulates fluid balance, blood volume, and arterial constriction. She also lists obesity and certain vitamin deficiencies as risk factors for both PMS and high blood pressure.

The researchers also found a link between taking the B vitamins thiamine and riboflavin and both conditions. Specifically, women who had high intake of these vitamins did not have higher risk of high blood pressure, even when they suffered clinically significant PMS, says HealthDay News. Additionally, these B vitamins also were linked to a nearly 30 percent reduced risk of developing PMS in the first place.

Dr. Andrea Rapkin of the University of California, Los Angeles, tells Reuters it is important to understand that the research does not prove a causal relationship between PMS and high blood pressure, only that they are somehow related. Further research is needed to better understand this relationship.

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