Diabetes & High Blood Pressure

Diabetes

High blood pressure is twice as likely to strike a person with diabetes than a person without diabetes. Left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to heart disease and stroke. In fact, a person with diabetes and high blood pressure is four times as likely to develop heart disease than someone who does not have either of the conditions. About 73 percent of adults with diabetes have blood pressure greater than 130/80 mm Hg or use prescription medications for hypertension.

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The American Diabetes Association recommends the following to help prevent the onset of high blood pressure:

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