Do you know there is a significant relationship between Diabetes and Hypertension?
Less physical activity, more availability of resources and no time to spare, we have become preys to some extremely uncommon diseases our grandparents had never even heard about back in the 60s and 70s. Both these diseases have common contributing factors which includes-
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Chronic inflammation
- Diet high in fat and sodium
Both these lifestyle diseases are similar and silent in nature as it often has no obvious symptoms and many people are unaware, they have it.
If you have high blood pressure, it means that your blood is pumping through your heart and blood vessels with too much force. Over time, consistently high blood pressure tires the heart muscle and can enlarge it. In the general population and in people with diabetes, a blood pressure reading of less than 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal. The first number (120) is called the systolic pressure. It indicates the highest pressure exerted as blood pushes through your heart. The second number (80) is called the diastolic pressure. This is the pressure maintained by the arteries when the vessels are relaxed between heartbeats.
The combination of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes is particularly lethal and can significantly raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. This is the main reason for frequent cases of cardiovascular events in Diabetics. I am conducting 24/7 webinar for FREE to know how Diabetes and hypertension causes heart disease and stroke. Book you spot now.
Having type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure also increases your chances of developing other diabetes-related diseases such as kidney disease and retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy may cause blindness. Women who have gestational diabetes are more likely to have high blood pressure.
When does the doctor say you are hypertensive?
- Normal: Systolic below 130 and diastolic below 85.
- High blood pressure: Systolic 130–139 and diastolic under 85-89.
- Hypertension stage 1: Systolic 130–139 and diastolic 80–89.
- Hypertension stage 2: Systolic 160 or higher and diastolic 100 or higher.
Have you heard about white coat and masked hypertension?
White coat hypertension occurs when the blood pressure readings at your doctor’s office are higher than they are in other settings, such as your home. It’s called white coat hypertension because the health care professionals who measure your blood pressure sometimes wear white coats.
Masked hypertension is defined as a normal blood pressure (BP) in the clinic or office (<140/90 mmHg), but an elevated BP out of the clinic (ambulatory daytime BP or home BP>135/85 mmHg).
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What causes Diabetics to acquire high blood pressure?
A person with diabetes either does not have enough insulin to process glucose or their insulin does not work effectively. As a result of insulin problems, glucose cannot enter the cells to provide energy, and it accumulates in the bloodstream instead. As blood with high glucose levels travels through the body, it can cause widespread damage, including to the blood vessels and kidneys. These organs play a key role in maintaining healthy blood pressure. If they experience damage, blood pressure can rise, increasing the risk of further harm and complications.
There are three ways in which high glucose levels in the blood can increase blood pressure:
- The blood vessels lose their ability to stretch.
- The fluid in the body increases, especially if diabetes is already affecting the kidneys.
- Insulin resistance may involve processes that increase the risk of hypertension.
Tight and strict control of hypertension in diabetes is of utmost importance. In some studies, it is revealed blood pressure control is one of the most integral part of diabetes as it prevents stroke, cardiovascular events, kidney failure etc.
Lifestyle adjustments can help control blood pressure and blood sugar levels along with taking the right medications. Along with the treatment plan right knowledge plays a crucial role to ensure prompt action to prevention and delayed progression.
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