Managing High Blood Pressure with Diabetes


Jennifer Larson

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It’s all too common for many people with diabetes to also have hypertension (also known as high blood pressure). Unfortunately, high blood pressure means that you’re at much greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

In fact, if you have both diabetes and hypertension, your risk is double that of a non-diabetic person with hypertension, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Having both conditions raises your risk of developing eye and kidney disease, as well.

The good news is that you can effectively manage your blood pressure to lower your risk. But you have to really commit to it, as the ADA notes that a diabetic person usually has a lower blood pressure target than the average non-diabetic person—below 130/80 mmHg.

After you receive a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, your doctor will work with you to determine the best method of treatment, be it medication or insulin injections. But, as Dr. Anthony Cardillo explains, the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes? Proper diet and exercise.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Aug 13, 2015

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