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Why do people's blood pressure rise during winter?

Changes in the seasons and blood pressure

Q. My blood pressure is usually within the normal range, except in the winter. Do  Seasons have an effect on blood pressure?

A. Seasons does have an effect on blood pressure. During the winter, some patients with borderline hypertension experience elevated blood pressure readings. And their blood pressure can rise to dangerous levels, necessitating medication to maintain control. They may be able to lessen the dosage in the spring or discontinue the medicine entirely in the summer.

The predominant idea for increased blood pressure in colder temperatures is that it is caused by artery tension. When our bodies become chilly, blood vessels constrict to retain heat. This can result in an increase in blood pressure in certain individuals. However, additional things may contribute to your elevated winter blood pressure. For instance:

Weight gain throughout the holiday season. During the winter, particularly during the holidays, people frequently overeat and under-exercise, resulting in a few additional pounds. Even slight gains can result in an increase in blood pressure.

Excessive salt in your diet. This also results in an increase in blood pressure. You're more likely to spend extended periods of time indoors during the winter, which may trigger desires for salty, comforting foods. Make an effort to stock up on healthier snacks and avoid processed foods that are rich in salt.

People adding excess salt in their diet


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