As many as 15% of women experience mild to severe PMS symptoms. Now new evidence suggests a 40% increased risk of early onset hypertension. Even when adjusting for body mass index, pack years of cigarette smoking, physical activity, alcohol use, post menopausal hormone use, birth control use and family history, the researchers at UMASS Amherst and Harvard found that women with significant PMS symptoms still had a 40% increased risk.
Risk of High Blood Pressure in women with PMS
The researchers also found that the risk of PMS symptoms was reduced 25-35% with high dietary intake of Vitamin B Thiamine and Riboflavin, suggesting that the healthy intake of vitamin B could reduce early onset hypertension by more than half.
The researcher, epidemiologist Elizabeth Berton-Johnson said, "To my knowledge, this is the first large long term study to suggest that PMS may be related to risk of chronic health conditions in later life." Details of her study are published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Few studies have directly evaluated the association of PMS with blood pressure or risk of hypertension, but a handful provide some support for the existence of underlying difference in vascular physiology in women with PMS compared to symptom-free women, which could plausibly predispose PMS cases to hypertension and cardiovascular disease later in life."
If you have significant symptoms of PMS, you may want to check your heart. This new data suggests a strong correlation between PMS symptoms and a different physiology in women.