We all know high blood pressure is bad. After all, we hear consistent warnings from our friends, family, and physicians. Yet something is very often missing in these conversations: the why. Why does having high blood pressure matter? Does it really affect your health that much? In short, yes. Hypertension can have some devastating effects on your body.
There’s some good news, though. If you monitor it carefully and work with your doctor, you can minimize these major health concerns. Let’s take a look.
1. Your eye health suffers
The blood vessels in your eyes supply blood to your retina, which triggers nerve impulses that pass through the optic nerve on their way to your brain. You may suffer complete vision loss if these vessels are damaged. If you have type 2 diabetes, your risk of total blindness increases.