High blood pressure is usually associated with increased cardiac risk problems but now a new study has found that increased blood pressure levels are important for reproductive health too. Earlier studies had linked poor cardiovascular health with pregnancy loss in women who were older or already pregnant, but this is the first study to unravel the risk of miscarriage in healthy women with a history of lost pregnancies and high blood pressure before conception.
Infertility is on the rise and there are many couples nowadays trying to conceive through IVF or IUI methods. While nutrition, obesity and lifestyle can be attributed towards these infertility problems, we need to at least avoid adding up many more risk factors for the same. Most pregnancies go unplanned and women don’t even think about their cardiovascular risk factors before getting pregnant, only then will they be bothered about their blood pressure. With corrections to your lifestyle and eating habits it is possible to conceive naturally in most cases. For this, you can get in touch with nutritionists/dietitians at www.firsteatright.com who can help you avoid IVF or IUI methods with the right approach.
We still live in a world where people think that blood pressure and heart problems only affect the elderly population. This study is an indication that even young women must keep their BP levels monitored and in check as there are quite a many of them out there with stage 1 and stage 2 hypertension but not diagnosed with the same.
Fit but at Risk
Feeling good, young and energetic does not mean that young women don’t face the problem of miscarriage. This study adds another dimension to pregnancy and is a wake-up call to the younger generation and to the society for how it perceives a woman’s health and its importance. Pregnancy is an invaluable period and pregnancy loss totally drains a woman of her emotions and can even push her into depression.
The study shows that risk of pregnancy increases by about 18% for every 10-point increase in the woman’s diastolic blood pressure and by about 17% for every 10-point increase in average blood pressure. This is the first time that a study has been able to show the risk associated with blood pressure not only during pregnancy but even before pregnancy.
The study result proved that higher the blood pressure levels, greater is the risk of miscarriage. Also, diastolic blood pressure levels provide a clearer picture on cardiovascular disease risks in later life for young people in their 20s and 30s, whereas the reverse is true in the case of older people (systolic pressure levels give a clearer picture of cardiovascular health).
So poisonous are increased blood pressure rates that they can even lead to miscarriage and pregnancy loss. Women in their child-bearing age should eat a proper diet rich in healthy foods and do exercise regularly to keep their blood pressure levels controlled. Don’t think that you can start dieting or restricting yourself once you cross your 40s. Eating healthy is a lifelong procedure that has no age limits and sooner a person starts to eat right, the better it is for his/her health. Also, physicians treating women in their reproductive age for other problems should always keep an eye on their blood pressure rates as it shows its effect later, on other not-so-recognized conditions such as pregnancy.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.