Q: How does menopause affect blood pressure? I haven’t had any sleep problems my whole life, till I started menopause. Now I am up a lot @ night with hot flashes, so I’m not sleeping as well.
A: Menopause and high blood pressure are definitely connected. Women start getting high blood pressure about 10 years later than men. Typically this occurs at around age 50. This is also the time most women experience menopause. Many factors other than just the change in hormone levels probably account for the increase in blood pressure that occurs. Many women gain weight with menopause. Many women, like you, don’t sleep well anymore. Both extra weight and poor sleep are independent risk factors for high blood pressure.