Most people with diabetes will eventually have high blood pressure, along with other heart and circulation problems that can lead to kidney disease and diabetic eye disease.
Hypertension is defined as a condition of abnormally high blood pressure in a patient. High blood pressure can be extremely dangerous, as it can lead to kidney disease, heart failure, and heart attacks.
If you are an individual under the age of 60 with a blood pressure of 140/90 or over the age of 60 with a blood pressure above 150/90, medical professionals will consider you as someone who suffers from high blood pressure.
The amount of blood that the heart pumps and the amount of resistance in blood flow to the arteries is what determines a person’s blood pressure. Individuals who are found to have high blood pressure have arteries that are more narrow than usual and their heart pumps blood with a greater effort than is considered healthy. High blood pressure can lead to kidney disease and diabetic eye disease, or make them worse. Most people with diabetes will eventually have high blood pressure, along with other heart and circulation problems.
Studies have found that about 25% of patients who have type 1 diabetes and 80% of people who have type 2 diabetes also suffer from high blood pressure.
Diabetes is also associated with hardening of the arteries, called atherosclerosis. That can cause high blood pressure and if untreated, lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack, heart failure, stroke, peripheral vascular disease (hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet) and kidney failure.
Managing Blood Sugar Levels
Our professionals at Trina Health of South Florida are dedicated to providing you with the best resources available to help you identify and manage blood pressure levels at all times. Regulating blood pressure is just as important as keeping the right blood sugar levels in place when preventing complications related to diabetes.
Diabetic patients are encouraged to keep a close eye on their blood pressure, regardless of their age, gender, or past medical history. High blood pressure affects countless individuals in the United States every year and can present itself at any given time, sometimes without cause.
In order to properly manage your blood pressure, you should have a clear understanding of how to read your levels. The first number found on a blood pressure reading is known as the systolic pressure. This is the pressure found in your arteries when your heart contracts and fills the vessels with blood. The second number is known as the diastolic pressure. This measures the pressure found in your arteries during rests in your heartbeats as they fill up with blood and prepare for the next contraction.
Unlike other conditions, high blood pressure is typically not accompanied by any noticeable symptoms. This means that you run the risk of having a dangerous blood pressure level without realizing it. That is why healthcare professionals stress the importance of regularly measuring your blood pressure at home. This can easily be done by purchasing a reader, which is available at most drug stores, and having a family member or loved one assist you in completing the process.
in some cases, patients may experience symptoms such as shortness of breath, chronic nosebleeds, and headaches. You should not wait until these possible symptoms present themselves to seek medical attention, as they are typically signs that the blood pressure has become life threatening and severe.
When you come in for an appointment at Trina Health of South Florida, we carefully measure and monitor your blood pressure, searching for any spikes or irregularities that may be a cause for concern. If you noticed changes in your blood pressure levels when testing yourself at home, you should report these findings to your doctor immediately.
Some attempts you make to regulate your diabetes may contribute to improve your high blood pressure as well:
- Maintain blood sugar levels under control
- Quit smoking
- Eat a healthy diet with limited or no additional salt
- Reduce your alcohol intake
- Keep your weight within a healthy range
- Exercise most days of the week
Certain medications may be recommended that are meant to regulate your blood pressure and maintain it at a normal and consistent level. High blood pressure that is left untreated will continue to wreak havoc on your arterial walls and may eventually lead to more serious issues, such as heart disease, stroke or kidney damage.
At koya diabetes care , our knowledgeable team is experienced at identifying the causes and risks associated with hypertension. We will perform a thorough evaluation and help review your options. Set up an appointment today by calling us at 040-39565230 or you can click here now for more information.