Diabetes and Hypertension
Dealing with high blood pressure
More than one-half of all people with diabetes have a condition called hypertension, defined as blood pressure higher than 140/80 mm Hg. Left untreated, these people could experience heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and even death.Here’s what you need to know to recognize and treat high blood pressure.
Good to Know:
When doctors look at a patient's blood pressure, they consider the top and bottom numbers separately.
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Many doctors believe that controlling blood pressure is at least as important as controlling blood glucose, because of the serious risk of heart attacks and death.The factors related to high blood pressure may differ for each type of diabetes.
High blood pressure can be related to the development of diabetic complications, such as eye damage, nerve damage or kidney disease.High blood pressure often goes undetected, because many people don't have symptoms.When symptoms of high blood pressure do occur, they might include headaches, chest pain or shortness of breath.
Doctors often recommend the following tips to prevent the progression to hypertension:
There are many excellent blood pressure medications for people with diabetes.