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High blood pressure or hypertension has become an epidemic in the United States. Similar to diabetes, obesity is a pre-cursor for hypertension. Other causes of high blood pressure are diets high in animal fat and leading a sedentary lifestyle. People with diabetes are more likely to have high blood pressure than people without diabetes. Some of the reasons include obesity, as already mentioned, as well as kidney disease, and an increased sensitivity to salt. In addition, people with diabetes do not benefit from a drop in blood pressure while they sleep like non-diabetics. All these factors can lead to diabetics developing high blood pressure.

High Blood pressure and Diabetes Complications

All the short and long term complications that diabetics face are exacerbated by hypertension. Hypertension in conjunction with diabetes especially increases the negative effects of kidney disease, eye disease, and heart disease on the diabetic person. How can you reduce your risks associated with high blood pressure and diabetes? The answer is lower your blood pressure. There are studies that show a decrease in your blood pressure may correlate to a reduction in the long-term complications associated with diabetes.

Managing your Hypertension and Diabetes

Diabetics with hypertension need to work with their doctor to develop a plan of action to reduce their blood pressure. Most likely your doctor will put together a health plan of action that combines a low fat diet, exercise, and maybe medicines. Getting your high blood pressure under control will be just as important as managing your sugars. Both of these factors will play a significant role to your long-term health.

Our goal at life with diabetes is to provide you with all the information and motivation to help you lead a healthier lifestyle and reduce your risk for complications from diabetes. Part of reducing that risk will be managing your high blood pressure. Remember, you can reduce your risks by working with your doctor to develop a healthy balance of diet, exercise, and the necessary medicines to control your blood pressure and your diabetes.

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