Keeping A Tab On Your Blood Pressure Can Prevent Diabetes
Did you know that around 50% of people with high blood pressure are at an increased risk of developing diabetes? Well, both hypertension, or high blood pressure and diabetes mellitus, including type 1, type 2 as well as gestational diabetes are often interlinked and may occur alongside each other in some individuals.
Are You at Risk?
Diagnosing diabetes or hypertension is rather easy with simple tests using blood glucose testing kits for diabetes and blood pressure monitors for hypertension. If you think you might be at risk consider monitoring your condition right at home. Alternatively, routine health check-up at any clinic can reveal one’s blood pressure reading or blood glucose level.
Symptoms of Hypertension and Diabetes to Watch Out for
While hypertension is referred to as the “silent killer” with no apparent symptoms in most patients, we have for you some commonly experienced High BP symptoms:
- Intense headaches
- Fatigue or confusion
- Vision issues
- Chest pain
- Breathing Difficulties
- Irregular heartbeat
- Blood in the urine
- Pounding sensations in the ears, chest or neck
While patients with diabetes may not be able to notice any apparent symptoms, these may include:
- Excessive thirst
- The need to urinate frequently
- Increased frequency of urination during night
- Weakness and tiredness
- Blurred vision
- Increased instances of infections like urinary tract infections, upper respiratory tract infections, etc
- Greater time for wounds and infections to heal
In case you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms, make sure to consult a doctor for timely treatment. Along with it, you can also keep a blood pressure monitor at home to keep a tab on your blood pressure at a fixed time everyday. Here's a few things you should keep in mind when monitoring hypertension and diabetes:
- Avoid smoking or having caffeinated beverages
- Do not indulge in exercise atleast 30 minutes before you decide to measure your blood pressure
- For an accurate reading, try to sit at a chair that can keep your back straight and supported. Ensure your feet are planted flat on the ground and your arms find the support of a flat surface.
- Make sure you refer to your monitor’s guide to ensure proper position of your arm
- Take multiple readings of your BP and take note of the results each time to ensure consistency and adequate reading
- Take daily tests around the same time
- Always consult your doctor on the frequency of testing especially if your treatment has been altered
- Avoid measuring BP over clothes to avoid inaccurate reading
While keeping a tab on blood pressure and blood glucose levels, making healthy lifestyle choices at an early age can help prevent both, type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Here’s a list of lifestyle habits you should adopt:
Keep a tab on your diet: If you plan to keep a tab on your blood pressure and diabetes, make sure to keep track of your meals. Eliminate junk, packaged, processed food from your diet and switch it with healthier snacking alternatives. Additionally, practice portion control and eat at regular intervals throughout the day.
Keep up the activity: If you work for 8+ hours everyday, try taking regular breaks and allow yourself to stretch every now and then. Exercising daily keeps stress levels down and makes you a happier and healthier reflection of yourself. And in case you don’t get time for exercise, consider squeezing in physical activities like walking your dog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc. into your daily routine.
Keep drinking and smoking in check: Risks from lifestyle diseases can be reduced drastically if factors like smoking and drinking are given up.
By: Navreet Kaur | on 2020-10-22