High Blood Pressure and Diabetes Risk

Is your pressure at the boiling point? We don’t mean because the kids have stuffed toilet paper in the toilet or made mud pies in your microwave. No, we're talking about a condition that you may not be aware of, but could do a lot of damage to your body. There is a correlation between high blood pressure and your risk of diabetes Type 2.

What is high blood pressure?

Have you ever felt like you couldn’t catch your breath because your heart was racing? It probably was. You may feel that after a scare or a difficult workout you weren’t quite ready for. This could be an indication of high blood pressure, but you also may have no discernible symptoms. That's why it's so important to understand high blood pressure, what it is, and how it can be managed to avoid long term health concerns.

Let's take a look at a simple explanation of the numbers:

When you see 120/80, “one twenty over eighty,” that is an indication of your systolic and diastolic pressures. Systolic is the top number. It represents the pressure exerted on the walls of the arteries as blood passes through them during a heartbeat. The bottom number is the diastolic pressure. It represents the pressure on the arterial walls when the vessels are relaxed between heartbeats.

Diabetes and high blood pressure

High blood pressure is called “the silent killer” for good reason. You may have high blood pressure for a long time before you are diagnosed simply because the symptoms aren't always obvious.

When high blood pressure goes unchecked, and you are at one or more risk factors for diabetes, you may suffer irreversible damage to your body, including your eyes, nerves, tissue, and organs.

But, you can make a change for the better. Once high blood pressure is diagnosed, there is a two-fold plan for treatment – diet and medication. Your doctor may prescribe medication in order to manage your blood pressure immediately. Most medications will take about two weeks to get blood pressure under control. Your doctor will monitor your progress during this time to make sure you are receiving the right medication and dosage.

Next, comes the eating plan. Proper diet is crucial to help you lower your blood pressure naturally. You will most likely remain on an eating plan that is “heart healthy” for the rest of your life. Your doctor will continue to monitor your blood pressure and once it remains “normal” for an extended period of time, and additional blood work is satisfactory, you may be able to stop taking medication with doctor's orders. As long as you stay on the eating plan prescribed by your doctor, you may be able to stay off the medication.

Now you know that controlling your high blood pressure is important for preventing diabetes Type 2. Whether you're 18 or 80, get your blood pressure checked often and eliminate this risk factor from your life.

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