Here is the new latest Hypertension / High blood pressure guideline.
Just in case you aren’t familiar, usually if your blood pressure is recorded as 120/80, the number on top is the systolic pressure, and the bottom number the diastolic.
The new guidelines has shown to classify people with high blood pressure with the following categories:
- Normal: Less than 120 mm Hg for systolic and 80 mm Hg for diastolic.
- Elevated: Between 120-129 for systolic, and less than 80 for diastolic.
- Stage 1 hypertension: Between 130-139 for systolic or between 80-89 for diastolic.
- Stage 2 hypertension: At least 140 for systolic or at least 90 mm Hg for diastolic.
The guidelines eliminate the category of prehypertension, categorizing patients as having either Elevated (120-129 and less than 80) or Stage I hypertension (130-139 or 80-89). While previous guidelines classified 140/90 mm Hg as Stage 1 hypertension, this level is classified as Stage 2 hypertension under the new guidelines.
So be sure to know which category you fall into with your consulted doctors for preventive measures. I reckon you buy those mini blood pressure monitor found in your local pharmacies especially if you have a known underlying disease such as Diabetes!
Your Diabetes and Your Hypertension
Diabetes is wide well known disease which is characterized by an increase level of sugar in our blood. This can occur when the pancreas ( an organ producing insulin located behind the stomach ) produces very little or no insulin, or when the body does not respond appropriately to insulin. The disease itself is divided into type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus. And usually patients are treated accordingly to its type to aim to prevent its progression and development of complications.
And why is it so significant to control your diabetes?
Well, the disease itself could actually increase your risk on having high blood pressure.
How does this happen?
Diabetes adversely affects the arteries, predisposing them to atherosclerosis . Thus narrowing the arteries and
What happens if i dont take care of my diabetes?
Not compliance to treatment leads to further complication of diabetes.
What happens when you finally develop high blood pressure?
Well, if you do take care. Then your chances to develop other complications reduces. Uncontrolled hypertension in diabetes would subsequently lead you to coronary artery diseases and kidney disease.
Following are the list of possible complications of diabetes:
- Cardiovascular disease. …
- Nerve damage (neuropathy). …
- Kidney damage (nephropathy). …
- Eye damage (retinopathy). …
- Foot damage. …
- Skin conditions. …
- Hearing impairment. …
- Alzheimer’s disease.
A simple understanding of how your hypertension evolves around your diabetes would save yourself from further complications. Therefore, its very important for us to pay attention in both disease equally.
Simple steps to control your blood pressure with proper lifestyle modifications and medications.
- Diet ( reduce refines carbs and sugar , less sodium more potassium )
- Increase activity and physical exercises
- Loosing weight
- Stop smoking
- Reduce stress
- Try meditations or yoga
- Dark chocolate ( be sure to check the cocoa amount and its sugar amount )
- Blood pressure supplements
- Reduce alcohol intake
” Managing your Diabetes is not a science, it is an art”