People with diabetes are much more likely to also have high blood pressure or hypertension.
High blood pressure can increase the risk of diabetes complications such as diabetic eye- and kidney problems.
Managing blood pressure should be a part of a person’s overall diabetes care plan.
Diabetic high blood pressure complications
Diabetes affects the arteries, making it more likely to develop atherosclerosis, which is a narrowing of the arteries. Atherosclerosis can cause high blood pressure, which if not treated, can lead to blood vessel damage, stroke, heart failure, heart attack or kidney failure.
The risk of high blood pressure during diabetes
Having diabetes increases your risk of developing high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems, because diabetes adversely affects the arteries, predisposing them to atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries). Atherosclerosis can cause high blood pressure, which if not treated, can lead to blood vessel damage, stroke, heart failure, heart attack, or kidney failure.
Compared with people with normal blood pressure readings, men and women with hypertension have an increased risk of:
- Coronary artery disease ( heart disease)
- Peripheral vascular disease (narrowing of the arteries in the legs and feet)
- Heart failure
Even high yet normal blood pressure or pre-hypertension (defined as 120-139/ 80-89 millimetres of mercury or mmHg) has an impact on your health. Studies show that people with normal yet high range blood pressure readings, over a 10 year period of follow-up time, had a two to three-fold increased risk of heart disease.
What should blood pressure be if you have diabetes?
Blood pressure readings vary, but in general, your blood pressure should be less than 130/80 mmHg. The first number is the “systolic pressure” or the pressure in the arteries when your heart beats and fills the arteries with blood. The second number is the “diastolic pressure” or the pressure in the arteries when your heart rests between beats, filling itself with blood for the next contraction.
Having normal blood pressure is as important in managing diabetes as having good control of your blood sugar when it comes to preventing diabetes complications.
What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?
Usually, high blood pressure causes no symptoms. That’s why it’s so important to have your blood pressure checked on a regular basis (during all visits to your doctor or diabetes nurse) and to follow your doctor’s recommendations on home blood pressure monitoring.
How is high blood pressure treated?
If you already have high blood pressure, or you want to prevent it, here are six simple tips:
If you smoke – quit.
Smoking is very bad for both diabetes and high blood pressure. During diabetes, it increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, as well as heart complications. And if you already have high blood pressure, it can worsen it severely.
One of the best ways to tackle both diabetes and high blood pressure is by following a healthy diet. The Free Manna Diet ebook contains very good guidelines and recipes to keep you on the right track.
Getting enough physical exercise is always important. But this is especially true when the goal is to manage diabetes and high blood pressure.
Try to get at least 30 – 45 minutes of moderate to high-intensity exercise, 3 – 5 times per week.
Maintain a healthy body weight
Eating healthily and exercising will definitely go a long way in reaching this goal. But actively working towards reaching and maintaining a healthy body weight can also go a long way in fighting high blood pressure.
Limit salt intake in the diet
Although salt in moderation is needed for your body to function properly, too much of it can have negative effects. This is even more valid in for people who suffer from high blood pressure.
Manna Blood Circulation Support
In order to treat blood pressure, we need to improve the blood circulation in the body. The Manna Blood Circulation support is just the thing for the job.
How does Manna Blood Circulation work?
- Ginkgo Biloba Extract, which helps improve blood circulation, helping your brain, eyes, and legs function better.
- L-Arganine helps lower your blood pressure by relaxing and opening your arteries.
- L-Citrulline boosts nitric oxide production in the body. Nitric oxide helps your arteries relax and work better, which improves blood flow throughout your body.
- Guarana, an ingredient containing caffeine that stimulates the circulation of blood.