Postprandial hypotension is an impressive term, but it’s really just a fancy way of saying “soon after you eat (usually breakfast/lunch), your blood pressure decreases and produces strange symptoms”…
- Do you ever feel woozy or fatigued?
- Have you ever experienced heart palpitations?
- Have you ever noticed vision or speech changes?
If so, you could be suffering from postprandial hypotension (PPH). This condition can occur for any senior, but the rate of incidence increases for those with diagnoses of diabetes, cardiac disease, and renal disease with dialysis and diabetes. If you notice these symptoms after any meal, be sure to let your nurse or doctor know so your blood pressure can be monitored.
Here are some tips to keep PPH symptoms at bay:
- Decrease your carbohydrate intake at mealtime.
- Increase water consumption (unless your doctor has directed you otherwise).
- Eat small, frequent meals rather than three, large meals.
- Avoid exercise right after eating if you are having these symptoms.
- Avoid hot showers right after eating—warm water can decrease blood pressure.
Remember, ALL changes in your health should always be shared, especially with your health provider. Better to address issues as soon as they occur so they don’t snowball.