For many suffering from type 2 diabetes, one of the most common complications is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. It’s not fully understood why there is a link between the two conditions, but both can increase the risk for serious medical complications like heart attack or stroke. Dr. Daniel Obi-Ofodile at Rapid Response Urgent Care in Pearland, Texas, can quickly establish if your diabetes is leading to your high blood pressure. To learn more and get your symptoms under control, call to schedule your consultation or stop by the office today.
While it’s not known why people suffering from type 2 diabetes are at greater risk for high blood pressure, there are several risk factors that can contribute to both conditions. These include obesity, inactivity, a diet high in fat and sodium, and chronic inflammation.
Diabetes and high blood pressure are both serious medical conditions. Diabetes alone is responsible for nearly 80,000 deaths a year in the United States, with hypertension responsible for over 30,000 deaths.
Unfortunately, the combination of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes greatly increases the overall morbidity of these conditions, with sufferers at a greater risk for heart attack or stroke.
High blood pressure can also increase your chances of developing other diabetes-related conditions, such as kidney disease. Even alone, high blood pressure is a dangerous condition often referred to as the “silent killer” -- a nickname attributed to its lack of noticeable symptoms.
If you have diabetes and Dr. Obi-Ofodile determines you either have or are at risk for high blood pressure, he’ll provide a few treatment approaches to control your blood pressure:
A variety of medications are available to help control high blood pressure, including beta blockers, diuretics, and ACE inhibitors. Dr. Obi-Ofodile might prescribe one or several depending on your lifestyle and any other medications you might take.
Physical activity can lower blood pressure, strengthen your heart, and let you better control your blood sugar levels. Dr. Obi-Ofodile can help you develop an activity plan that works with your schedule and preferences.
Not only should you alter your diet for the sake of your diabetes, but you should also consider cutting back on foods that increase blood pressure, such as salts, whole-fat dairy, and red meat.
Dr. Obi-Ofodile knows that getting your diabetes and hypertension under control is challenging. At Rapid Response Urgent Care in Pearland, Texas, Dr. Obi-Ofodile and his team commit to providing fast, cost-effective care that provides the best level of support for your health needs. Call today to schedule your consultation or pay a visit to the office.