As you may know, low blood pressure can affect people in a variety of different ways. This is especially true for elderly people, who are at a higher risk of suffering blood pressure-related issues.

There are some simple ways to manage the condition, however, so that you can continue to lead an active lifestyle without fear or stress. It should be noted, however, that if you worry you suffer from low blood pressure, or if you're simply worried you might, you should always consult your doctor and get an accurate measurement taken.

How to manage your condition

If low blood pressure simply causes you minor symptoms, such as dizziness, you may not require treatment. Everyone, even young people, can suffer from reduced pressure on the occasional basis (such as standing up too suddenly). 

However, should the symptoms become debilitating or highly uncomfortable, your doctor will try to figure out the root cause of the issue, more so than to simply treat symptoms. For example, if a type of medication you are taking is reducing your pressure, it is likely that you will change dosage or cease the medication altogether.

Alternatively, if the issue is unclear then you can do the following to assist:

  • Drink more water: Dehydration is a frequent cause of lower blood pressure.
  • Eat more salt: If your pressure is low enough, the sodium in salt may help raise it back to more manageable levels.
  • Avoid triggers: If you know a certain situation reduces your blood pressure, such as intense heat or humidity, then do your best to limit your exposure to them.
  • Wear compression stockings: If your symptoms are being caused by the excess pooling of blood in your legs, compression tights could help.
  • Stand slowly: If getting up from a lying or sitting position causes you to feel dizzy, make sure you stand at a slower speed. You could also try flexing your feet a few times before trying, as this will encourage blood flow.
FAQ: How do I manage my low blood pressure?