High blood pressure is a serious complication of diabetes. Higher blood pressure is one of the root causes of sudden death in people with diabetes.
High blood pressure (hypertension), whether or not it is caused by diabetes, is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. But when individuals have both diabetes and hypertension — a common combination — the risk for cardiovascular disease doubles.
Hypertension causes damage to organs such as the brain, kidneys, eyes and especially the heart over time. It leads to nearly 80% of cases of heart attack and stroke. What’s more, hypertension can increase the heart’s workload, causing thickening of heart muscle fibers over time.
Those with hypertension are also prone to diseases such as ischemic heart disease, arrhythmias, or an aneurysm.
The close relationship between diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases is clear. To prevent the risks posed by these dangerous diseases, proper treatment and a healthy lifestyle are a must. Consult your doctor, keep up-to-date wtih the latest developments in medical science, adjust your diet, and exercise regularly.
The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity per week. Moderate-to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity twice a week is also ideal.
Work with your doctor to make sure your blood sugar is within normal range. Have a healthy diet, monitor your blood sugar regularly, and take the medications prescribed by your doctor.
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