My Stepdad just died .He wasa diabetic as well,and was on blood pressure medication like myself.i want to know why high blood pressure is so prominant in diabetics?
Feel sorry for your stepdad, having diabetes increases your risk of developing high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems, because diabetes adversely affects the arteries, predisposing them to atherosclerosis (hardening 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.
Type 2 diabetes, often called non-insulin dependent diabetes, is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90% - 95% of the 21 million people with diabetes.
Compared to people with normal blood pressure readings, men and women with hypertension have an increased risk of: Coronary artery disease (heart disease); Strokes; Peripheral vascular disease (hardening 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) impacts 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.
Please take care & proper medication, I too have both high blood pressure & diabetes.
All diabetics dont have high blood presure i am diabetic and i have no problems with my BP. There a many other factors to having highblod perssure with diabetis like diet meds exercise and other illnesses just to name a few.highblood pressure and diabetise dont mix both a serious problems by themselfs and 1 does not cause the other sorry 4 your loss
Many Type II adult onset diabetes patients actually have what is known as "metabolic syndrome" which is diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol). Many Type I or juvenile onset diabetics do not have high blood pressure but may get it as they get older because, as Rajive said, diabetes causes changes to the blood vessels causing them to harden. What happens when you use a skinny water hose compared to a larger diameter hose? The skinny hose water shoots out much faster with more pressure. Same with blood vessels. Diabetes also changes and damages the kidneys. Hypertension is as much a kidney disorder as it is a cardiovascular one. Metabolic syndrome usually occurs in adults who are overweight and dont eat right or exercise. this contributes to insulin resistance which leads to eventual diabetes type II. There is much information to this regard on the American Diabetes Association website if you wish to know more.
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