Blood Pressure

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Blood pressure is the force of blood flow inside your blood vessels. When your doctor checks your blood pressure, he records two numbers, such as 120/80 mmHg. The first number is the pressure as your heart beats and pushes blood through the blood vessels. Health care providers call this the "systolic" pressure. The second number is the pressure when the vessels relax between heartbeats. It's called the "diastolic" pressure.

High blood pressure is when your blood moves through your vessels with too much force. Your heart has to work harder when you have high blood pressure. The high blood pressure actually increases the risk for diabetes related problems. High blood pressure must be treated in order for it to be resolved.

Blood Pressure Targets

Both high blood pressure and diabetes can increase your risk of heart attack, stroke, and eye and kidney disease. Because of this, people with diabetes have a lower blood pressure target than the general public. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the National Institutes of Health recommend a target blood pressure of less than 130/80 mmHg for people with diabetes. Keeping your blood pressure under the recommended target range of 130/80 will reduce your risk for diabetes related health problems.

Measuring High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure must be check by your primary care doctor at each office visit. Do not rely on the machines placed in grocery stores and pharmacies. Although they are fairly accurate, they are not a substitute for professional testing by your doctor.

High Blood Pressure Treatments

If you are diagnosed with high blood pressure by your doctor, you will most likely be asked to make some lifestyle changes. The changes will usually include medication, diet, and an exercise program. All of which will play a part in helping to control your high blood pressure. High blood pressure treatment plans differ for every patient and must be determined by a medical professional.

The good news is with the right high blood pressure treatment plan, you can expect to see great improvement in your blood pressure as well as your overall health. At life with diabetes we encourage you to take advantage of the resource partners we have to help provide you with the information you need to control your high blood pressure and your diabetes.

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