Taking too many night trips to the loo? Your blood pressure may be up

Wondering how to find out if your blood pressure is up? While a high BP may not incur any symptoms, too many trips to the loo could be a red alert.
Taking too many night trips to the loo? Your blood pressure may be upTaking too many night trips to the loo? Your blood pressure may be up
  • 2
  • facebook
  • twitter
  • Share on whatsapp

High blood pressure can be detrimental for health. If left untreated for a long time, it ruptures blood vessels and accumulates bad cholesterol along the arteries. This, in turn, can lead to serious heart problems and potentially life-threating conditions.

It is also damaging because there are no visible symptoms of high blood pressure that could determine you need to keep it in check. Recent research presented at a combined meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society and the European Society of Cardiology held last week in Yokohama, Japan has found out that people who wake up at night to pee have higher chances of having a high blood pressure.

Having to go to the bathroom more than once or twice is a medical condition known as nocturia. After analysing the results, researchers found a link between nocturia and hypertension and concluded that it could increase the risk of the latter by almost 40 per cent. The connection may not be direct but could be the result of several lifestyle factors such as salt intake, ethnicity and genetic background.

Several nutritionists and doctors also advise cutting your salt intake in order to lessen the times you need to go to the bathroom. Not only does it help stabilise your blood pressure but also ensures you have a good sleep.

The key to keep your blood pressure in control is to get a regular check-up from your family doctor. In case your blood pressure exceeds the normal level of 180/120 mm Hg. Don’t ignore the warning signs and always take action beforehand instead of leaving it for later.

 

Comments

Blood pressure of 180/1
20 is nowhere near normal...

Blood pressure of 180/1
20 is nowhere near normal...

Add new comment