High Blood Pressure Is Affecting… Your skin???

22 May

High Blood Pressure Affects 1 in 3 Adults in the United States.

But what does that really mean? And how is it affecting your skin??

Blood pressure measures the rate at which the heart pumps blood and the effect that force has on the walls of the arteries. High Blood Pressure is extremely common and, as it has very few visible symptoms, can go untreated for years in seemingly healthy adults.

Dissecting The Numbers

So when you go to the doctor and they tell you your blood pressure is #/#, what does that really mean? Well, the top number (systolic blood pressure) measures the BP when the heart is beating and the bottom number (diastolic blood pressure) measures the BP in when the heart is resting in between beats. So what’s healthy? How do the numbers break down?

These are the current numbers according to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:

Blood Pressure     Top Number     And/Or     Bottom Number
Normal                          >120               AND                      >80
Prehypertension        120-139            OR                      80-89
High BP 1                     140-159            OR                      90-99
High BP 2                      160+                OR                      100+

So now that we’ve got the numbers down, what does this mean for your skin?

As your blood pressure rises over time, blood vessels throughout the body become damaged. The damage done to these vessels, especially the smaller ones at the surface of the skin and on the face, can cause a rash to form on the body. Damage to blood vessels near the face can also lead to decreased oxygen levels being delivered to the skin, which can result in the following symptoms:

  • loss of skin elasticity
  • dull skin
  • red skin
  • ashy skin
  • slowing of collagen/elastin production

So what can you do to stop this from happening?

  • Yearly doctor visits to check your blood pressure

Catching rising blood pressure before it gets out of hand is key!

  • Add less salt to your foods
  • Exercise Daily-

Even a 10 minute walk can make a difference!

  • Manage your weight

High BP is often correlated with obesity

  • Try a Mediterranean diet

High in fruits, veggies, and protein. Low in red meat and carbohydrates.

  • Listen to your body!

Feeling sluggish or weak? Don’t ignore it- get checked out!

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: