Diabetes and Blood Pressure
Managing your blood pressure when you have diabetes is crucial to maintaining your health. High blood pressure (hypertension) can complicate the symptoms of your diabetes, exacerbating kidney disease, eye disease, and circulation.
How High Is High Blood Pressure?
For a person with diabetes, even blood pressure that is on the high side of normal can be a risk. People in this blood pressure range are more susceptible to heart disease. High blood pressure can result in a number of health complications including peripheral vascular disease, stroke, or heart failure. Because diabetes can cause damage to your arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes are a dangerous and deadly combination. Managing your blood pressure can be as important as managing your glucose levels. It is recommended that people with diabetes maintain a blood pressure of 120/80 or less.
Treating High Blood Pressure
There are a number of medications available that can be used to treat high blood pressure, but some of them have a side effect of increasing your blood sugar levels. In some cases, your physician may start with diuretics – pills that help you remove extra fluid from your body – to help reduce blood pressure. Whatever treatment is recommended, it should be accompanied by improving your eating and exercising habits.
How to Maintain Blood Pressure at Health Levels
The best way to maintain healthy blood pressure is through exercise and diet.
- Exercise 20-30 minutes per day
- Eat a balanced diet replete with high-fiber grains and vegetables
- If you smoke, stop
- Avoid alcohol
- Limit salt intake
- Lose weight
Weight Loss Programs in Palmdale and Encino
Unlike other weight loss doctors, Dr. Motlagh treats the whole patient, including all of the other health conditions that may be related to weight – before, during and after weight loss. Her weight loss approach is designed to help patients lose weight painlessly but methodically.
If you are interested in learning more about weight loss programs provided by Dr. Katayoun Motlagh to help you control your blood pressure and more effectively manage diabetes, contact our office today or schedule an appointment by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.