Do you suffer from terrible PMS symptoms such as excruciating headaches, cramps that make it impossible to function, surprise mood swings, and hot flashes that come on suddenly? If these are part of your experience each month, there may be some more not-so-good news on the way.
According to a recent study that was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, women who had PMS symptoms that were more severe were significantly more likely to end up with serious heart health issues as they got older. Researchers got information from 3,720 women (average age of 40 at the study’s start) and documented their PMS symptoms and intensity of symptoms over a period of 20 years, every two years.
The results for those who experienced the most extreme PMS symptoms were very surprising. The study’s findings showed that women who reported symptoms that were moderate-to-severe had at least a 40 percent higher chance of developing hypertension or high blood pressure compared to the participants who showed few or no symptoms at all.
Even though there is a possible link, physicians are not clear about the direct connection between high blood pressure and PMS. But they presented a bit of hope to these findings. Those women who consumed high levels of vitamin B also said they felt less severe PMS and were also less likely to develop high blood pressure as a result. So, it’s important to make sure you’re eating the right foods and taking supplements that may help you combat PMS.
Foods rich in B vitamins include broccoli, spinach, parsley, beets, lentils, mustard greens, romaine lettuce, asparagus, and bell peppers. Be sure to speak with your doctor about the best diet for you, especially if you experience severe PMS symptoms.
This new study is critical for figuring out exactly how to best keep high blood pressure at bay, as roughly 32 percent of women develop the condition.