Last week I chatted briefly about a condition called metabolic syndrome (MetS), and how it’s inflammatory effects can alter the normal functioning of lymphatic tissues involved in the immune response.
Now there are 5 risk factors that fall under the banner of metabolic syndrome, but in today’s post, I’m going to concentrate on High Blood Pressure, also known as hypertension.
First and foremost, something to keep in mind is that high blood pressure is an inflammatory disease that impairs immune function. That being said, a compromised immune system also leads to inflammation, so it works both ways.
When the immune response becomes dysregulated, it causes the sympathetic nervous system (a fancy way to describe our ‘fight or flight’ stress response), to go into overdrive. This raises our heart rate and blood pressure (which is fine in the short term), but over the long-term, can lead to oxidative damage causing arterial stiffening and hardening of the arteries.
Picture a rusty pipe and this is pretty much what oxidative damage does to our inner piping, so definitely something we want to avoid!