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Moderating the High of Hypertension

Diabetes and hypertension (commonly known as high blood pressure), are interrelated diseases. They frequently occur together in the same patient.

It is estimated that the prevalence of arterial hypertension in type 2 diabetes patients is within the 40-50% range. In type 1 diabetes, hypertension may signal kidney disorder. Hypertension also raises the risk of stroke, heart disease, eye, nerve, and kidney damage in diabetes patients. High blood pressure, therefore, makes diabetes more complicated to manage and vice versa.

To avoid dire consequences, people with hypertension must help themselves by following precautionary measures that would aid them in controlling their blood pressure.

DOs

Monitor your blood pressure. Living with hypertension can be trouble-free if one is willing to be ahead of the ailment. To do so, it is imperative to measure blood pressure regularly. Monitor the movement of your blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer that now has handy versions. Keep a record—it is better to know when to take the meds or see the doctor.

Keep meds handy. One can never tell when the blood pressure is moving up, that is why it is better to always carry hypertension medication. In this case, one wouldn’t have to rush to drug stores or run out of pills.

More good eats, less salt. It can be noted that food items rich in fiber and potassium are indispensable for people suffering from hypertension. Make sure to eat well-balanced meals containing an assortment of fresh fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. Avoid taking in red meat, and sugary, and fatty foods. Limit salt or sodium intake to less than 1,500 mg a day. Processed, preserved, and canned foods (such as pizza, softdrinks, hotdogs, chips, and ketchup) generally contain huge amounts of sodium.

Move to beat the high. One of the best ways to keep high blood pressure at bay is to exercise. Take the advice of physicians as to the frequency and kind of fitness regimen you need to do. At any rate, try to move your muscles and stretch your legs for half an hour a day. It would also help to reduce your weight if obese. From a leisurely walk, to cycling, swimming, dancing, and yoga—exercise will surely work wonders for your blood pressure.

Live healthy. Living a healthy life is a potent weapon against hypertension or any disease. Have peace of mind and try not to be upset, angry, or emotional. Get enough sleep. Also, limit the consumption of alcoholic beverages and stop smoking. A positive outlook in life will definitely bring in good vibes that can help maintain your blood pressure.

DONT’s
Keep the doctor at bay. Though one can control high blood pressure through drug ingestion and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it is still essential to be in constant touch with the physician. Pay them a regular visit to know if there are any changes needed in the dosage of medication or to monitor your condition.

Forget medication. While it can be easy to forget to take medicine on a busy schedule, it is still not an excuse. Missing doses of prescribed medication can spell disaster. So use tricks to help you keep track of your drug intake such as cellphone alarms, post-it notes, strategic placement of your pills where you can readily see them, or a friendly reminder from a loved one.

Put on extra weight. Packing on the pounds can also mean raising the blood pressure several points. Lose weight if you are overweight or obese to be able to shave off unwanted high blood pressure readings.

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