Have you sat down to think about your lifestyle and how your blood pressure affects your life? And if you are a diabetes patient, do you know that managing your blood pressure is important as controlling your blood sugar. According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 1 in 3 American adults has high blood pressure and 2 in 3 people with diabetes report to have high blood pressure or take prescribed medications to lower their blood pressure.
What is High Blood Pressure?
What is high blood pressure? High blood pressure is commonly referred to as hypertension. This is a condition in which your blood gets pumped through your heart a lot of force or too much pressure. Ideally, there is a normal rate at which blood is pumped through your blood vessels to your heart. But when you have hypertension or high blood pressure it is different.
For those of you who have diabetes and its complications, your blood pressure should read 130/80 mm Hg and or above.
This in the long term High blood pressure is a common likely risk associated with diabetes. Therefore, a diabetes patient could already be prone to diabetes complications such as eye damage or diabetes eye (retinopathy) and kidney damage (nephropathy). Your blood vessels (arteries) to the respective organs get damaged at some point. So, being a diabetes patient, you stand a very high risk of developing high blood pressure and its terrible effects. This also can lead to heart diseases, strokes, heart attacks, and heart failures. Reduce diabetes and high blood pressure by drinking a lot of water.
How Do I Lower My Risk Of Diabetes?
Yes, there are risk factors such as family history/background, age, ethnicity, etc which you can’t change or have no control over. But, adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best you can do. Lifestyle such as maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, quit smoking drinking too. Quit from your sedentary lifestyle and you will see the effect.
How do I Prevent High Blood Pressure With Diabetes
Lifestyle changes are the best option to prevent high blood pressure: Healthy lifestyles such as
• Manage your stress levels
• Drink alcohol in moderation
• Eat healthy diets (balanced diets to be precise)
• Reduce your salt or sodium intake
• Get physically active every day of the week
• Lose weight
• Do not smoke or quit smoking
How to Treat High Blood Pressure With Diabetes
The first and foremost treatment for hypertension is a change in lifestyle. You need to understand that a certain lifestyle might be a contributing factor to high blood pressure. A healthy lifestyle will rather help you a great deal to reduce the medications you need. The lifestyle mentioned above is what you need.
Also, medications with ARBs and ACE inhibitors, diuretics, etc are mostly prescribed. However, your physician should be fully in charge of these prescriptions as there are side effects to some of these medications and your doctor knows best which will be suitable for you.
Diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) go hand in hand if you are not careful, as a result, it increases your risk factor to get other diseases like stroke and heart attacks. I hope this article gives some insight into diabetes and high blood pressure.