Can Gluten Intolerance Cause High Blood Pressure? (Anti Aging Q&A)

Do you suspect that you are intolerant to gluten?

Do you also suffer from fluctuations in your blood pressure levels and is it high?

Do you want to know if your intolerance to gluten could also be the cause for the rise in your blood pressure levels?

If you have been wondering about any of the above, our article today could help you find some answers. Today we are first looking at the causes, symptoms and the treatment options that are associated with gluten intolerance as well as for high blood pressure. We also take a look at whether there can be any connection between being gluten intolerant and having high blood pressure. Also, we try to understand if high blood pressure is maybe one of the symptoms of gluten intolerance.

In addition, we also talk about why it is important to get a test done by a doctor to see if you gluten intolerance is causing the rise in blood pressure levels, and what could be the risks of doing a test at home.

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Are there any similarities between the causes, symptoms, and treatment of gluten intolerance and high blood pressure?

To understand the two better, let us first take a look separately at the causes, symptoms and treatment options available for gluten intolerance and for high blood pressure.

Common causes for gluten intolerance:

1. Body cannot digest food

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  • Consuming food that your body cannot digest easily or taking too many antibiotics can cause damage to the flora in the gut.
  • This can also damage the walls and lining of your gut. As a result, your gut is not able to digest the food that you eat properly, and this could potentially lead to gluten intolerance.

2. Antibodies attack harmless particles

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  • We are leading more and more controlled lives where our environment is extremely sterile. This makes it difficult for the antibodies in our system to fight off the various germs and infections when they do appear.
  • In fact, sometimes, our antibodies mistake unknown items that are otherwise harmless as being a threat, and start attacking them. Wheat and peanuts are two such very common food items that can trigger the antibodies to fight.

3. Having vitamin deficiency 

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  • Not eating the right kind of foods, eliminating certain foods as part of a specific diet and relying more on junk or processed foods can make us deficient in a lot of vitamins.
  • These are crucial to prevent the body’s immune system from attacking the seemingly harmless gluten particles that are found in food. In the absence of these vitamins, our system ends up attacking them and becomes intolerant.
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  • There are certain lifestyle factors that can definitely increase your risk of having high blood pressure problems.
  • Smoking, drinking (more than one or two drinks a day), consuming too much salt, not getting enough exercise, not sleeping properly or getting less than five hours or six hours of sleep each day can also increase your risk.

2. Other health issues

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  • If you are suffering from some other health conditions, these too can increase your risk of suffering from high blood pressure.
  • Some such health issues include conditions such as chronic kidney disease (CKD), being obese or being above your healthy weight range, having adrenal or thyroid problems, suffering from sleep apnoea and so on.

3. Age and family history

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  • The older you get, the higher your chances are of getting high blood pressure.
  • Also, if you already have a family history of having high blood pressure, it can also increase your chances of the same.
  • Having diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, feeling gassy and other problems related to the digestive system
  • Pain in the abdomen and joints
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    Feeling tired all the time, dizzy, nauseous, not able to maintain balance
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    Frequent headaches and spells of migraine
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    Problems on the skin such as psoriasis, redness, rashes, excessive dry skin, blisters
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    Getting diagnosed with some type of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroid, lupus, multiple sclerosis and so on
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    Having problems with weight where you may lose or gain without explanation
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    Mood swings, feeling depressed
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    Heartburn, indigestion, acidity
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    Tingling sensation or numbness in the arms
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  • Blurry vision or changes in vision
  • Loss of vision (in severe cases)
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    Having frequent headaches
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    Being short of breath
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    Feet feeling cold
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    Pain in the feet while walking
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    Feeling dizzy and off balance
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    Pain in the chest (if the blood pressure is excessively high)
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    Problems in the kidney
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    Fluid retention and swelling in legs

Treatment for gluten intolerance

At the moment, there is no treatment yet for gluten intolerance, even though scientists are still working on it. The only way in which you can avoid the signs and symptoms of gluten intolerance is to avoid eating anything that contains gluten.

Here are a few things that can help:

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  • Speak to your doctor and take some digestive enzymes. These can help to reduce bloating and bring down stomach pains.
  • Having peppermint tea or green tea can also help to reduce inflammation and reduce stomach pains. These also help your muscles to relax, which can effectively ease the problem of gassiness and bloating as well.

Treatment for high blood pressure

Your doctor may ask you to do the following:

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  • Reduce the amount of salt in your diet
  • Eat fresh foods and less of junk
  • Avoid eating fried and greasy foods
  • Reduce or quit smoking and drinking
  • Start exercising to maintain a healthy weight
  • Medications that can help to bring down and subsequently manage your blood pressure levels

Could the two illnesses actually be connected?

One of the most common dietary factors that lead to a hike in your blood pressure is the amount of sodium you have. However, there are some reports from the medical fraternity that suggest that being intolerant to gluten could also potentially raise your blood pressure levels.

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  • When you are intolerant to gluten, you suffer from damage to the intestines. As a result, your body is not able to absorb the nutrients properly, especially folate and B12. These two ingredients help to control a substance called homocysteine. A rise in the same can also cause your blood pressure to rise.
  • In some cases, people can have very high blood pressure in the vein that helps to carry blood from your digestive organs to your liver. In a lot of the cases, this happens due to gluten intolerance.

Are there any dangers in self-diagnosing yourself when it comes to high blood pressure and gluten intolerance?

It is fine to monitor your blood pressure at home when it is around the normal range. However, it is very important that you regularly get your blood pressure as well as your gluten intolerance situation checked by a doctor. Both these conditions can be extremely dangerous if not treated on time, so make sure you speak to your doctor about it.


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