If I were to ask you what the most common signs for high blood pressure are what would you say? Most folks would list things like severe headaches, facial flushing, nosebleeds, and sweating.
But the truth is high blood pressure is mostly symptomless. In fact, there’s no solid evidence that many of the things we think of as symptoms for the disease, such as headaches and nosebleeds are, connected.
But a new study has revealed a weird warning sign that has managed to surprise just about everyone.
It turns out if you’ve lost a few teeth you should probably start monitoring your blood pressure. Especially the ladies.
Tooth loss linked to 20% higher hypertension risk
Researchers from the University of Buffalo monitored the health of more than 36,500 postmenopausal women from 1998 to 2015. The gals who had lost teeth had a 20 percent greater chance of having high blood pressure than women who still had all of their choppers.
And as if that wasn’t strange enough, it gets weirder. The researchers aren’t even sure WHY tooth loss and high blood pressure appear to be so closely linked.
Some experts believe after losing teeth many folks turn to easy to eat junk foods. But it’s also possible there’s another underlying cause we just haven’t figured out yet.
Either way, if you’ve lost some teeth, it’s time to start paying closer attention to your blood pressure.
10 strange tricks to manage your blood pressure
Following are ten surprising ways to help keep your blood pressure in check….
1. Take care of your teeth:
Regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist could help you hold on to your teeth AND help keep your BP down. A study in the Journal of Periodontology found that folks with poor oral hygiene are more likely to have high blood pressure.
2. Have more sex:
Sex doesn’t just FEEL good it’s good for you. It’s a natural stress reliever, and that relaxed, peaceful afterglow can translate into lower blood pressure overall.
3. Laugh more often:
Research done at the University of Maryland Medical Center revealed that laughter is linked to healthier blood vessels. According to the researchers, laughing relaxes the blood vessels improving blood pressure and overall heart health.
4. Seek out the sauna:
Joining a gym with a sauna could help your heart. According to research done at the University of Eastern Finland—where they know a thing or two about saunas—guys who spend time in a steam room at least three times a week have significantly better overall heart health than their sauna shunning peers.
5. Pet a pet:
Several studies have shown owning a pet can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure. But if a furry friend just isn’t in the cards, visit the zoo instead. Japanese volunteers who went to see the animals had their systolic (top) number drop by six points and their diastolic (bottom) number drop by eight.
6. Heat things up:
Eating hot peppers might send your temperature rising, but it turns out they could also send your BP dropping. A study published in the journal Cell Metabolism showed that the heat-producing compound in chili peppers, capsaicin, can help relax blood vessels and improves blood pressure.
7. Sleep with earplugs:
Experts say it doesn’t take much noise to disrupt the quality of your sleep, even if you think you’re snoozing soundly, all night long. And poor sleep is a sure-fire way to send blood pressure skyrocketing. Block out the background noise with some earplugs for a perfect night’s rest.
8. Exercise your hands:
A strange as it sounds regularly putting your hands through their paces could help you keep your blood pressure in check. Two different studies found gripping exercises, using something like a small resistance ball, could reduce blood pressure. In one study, volunteers had both their systolic and diastolic numbers drop by 10 points.
9. Get some sun:
You may already know that low vitamin D is linked to high blood pressure. But it turns out it’s not just the D that makes sunshine BP friendly. Scottish researchers showed that sunlight helps your body process nitric oxide, a compound that helps keep blood vessels elastic for better circulation.
10. Sit up straight:
The nerves in your spine affect blood pressure nearly as much as your arteries. Chronic slouching can temporarily raise your numbers by as much as 16 percent. But sitting up straight lowers them again.