Does Diabetes Affect Blood Pressure? YES!
About 25% of people with Type 1 diabetes and 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes have high blood pressure.
What Is High Blood Pressure?
High blood pressure (hypertension) is when your blood pressure readings are consistently 140 over 90, or higher, over a number of weeks.
You could also have high blood pressure if just one of the numbers is higher than it should be over a number of weeks.
High blood pressure (hypertension) can lead to many complications of diabetes, Most people with diabetes will eventually have high blood pressure.
Why Do Diabetics Get High Blood Pressure
Diabetes damages arteries and makes them targets for hardening, called atherosclerosis. That can cause high blood pressure.
Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure
Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms whatever, that’s why it is called the silent killer. The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is through regular checkups at your doctors or with a home blood pressure monitor
If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including:
- Severe headache
- Fatigue or confusion
- Vision problems
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood in the urine
- Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears
Treating High Blood Pressure
Whether medication is recommended depends on your blood pressure reading and your risk of developing problems such as heart attacks or strokes. If your blood pressure is consistently above 140/90mmHg (or 135/85mmHg at home) and your risk of other problems is high – you’ll be offered medication to lower your blood pressure, in addition to lifestyle changes
Some blood pressure drugs may make your blood sugar rise. Blood pressure medicines can also cause erectile dysfunction.
Many of the things you do for your diabetes will also help with high blood pressure:
- Control your blood sugar.
- Stop smoking.
- Eat natural healthy foods.
- Exercise most days.
- Keep your weight in a healthy range.
- Don’t drink a lot of alcohol.
- Limit how much salt you eat.
- Visit your doctor regularly.
There is also a huge range of supplements and natural health foods that can help to control your blood pressure naturally
As you work to keep your blood pressure in check, remember to talk to your health care provider about your target blood pressure goals. There are overall guidelines, but each patient may have different targets suggested by their provider.
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