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Low blood pressure is when your blood pressure falls much lower than is normal for you. This can cause symptoms such as dizziness and fainting. For more information, see our about low blood pressure section.
Low blood pressure has lots of causes. These include sweating a lot, a problem with your heart or nervous system, or side-effects of medicines you’re taking. For more information, see our causes of low blood pressure section.
Diabetes can damage the nerves in your legs. If this happens, blood may pool in your legs when you stand up. Your blood pressure then falls. This is called postural hypotension. For more information, see our causes of low blood pressure section.
The lower your blood pressure, generally the better – as long as it’s not causing problems. But low blood pressure can be a sign of a heart problem or lead to fainting, falls or accidents. See our about blood pressure section.
You can usually treat low blood pressure with self-help measures, such as eating regularly. Doctors sometimes prescribe medicines to increase blood pressure. For more information, see our treatment of low blood pressure section.
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