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What is the Relationship Between Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension Patients?

written by: Bobby Mathew • edited by: lrohner • updated: 1/16/2011

What is the relationship between diabetes mellitus and hypertension patients? The two have a strong connection and reinforce each other. Fix one problem and the other problem will be alleviated, but only with the proper lifestyle choices.

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    High blood pressure is the force of blood flow in the blood vessels in your body. When blood is pumped through your blood vessels with too much force, you have hypertension. Hypertension is a silent problem - you usually don't know it until diagnosed by your doctor.

    What is the relationship between diabetes mellitus and hypertension patients? As many as two out of three adults with diabetes have the condition. Furthermore, some experts estimate that if patients with diabetes live long enough, as many as three out of four of them will develop hypertension. Clearly, there is a correlation between the two conditions.

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    The Link

    What is the relationship between diabetes mellitus and hypertension patients? Having diabetes increases the risk of getting hypertension. The reason for this, however, is because diabetes adversely affects the arteries. Diabetes predisposes your arteries to atherosclerosis, causing them to become hard. This often causes hypertension.

    This is only one of the ways that diabetes and hypertension are linked, however. Whether talking about high-fat foods, processed carbohydrates, lack of exercise or excess body fat, one thing is certain; the conditions that contribute to diabetes contribute to hypertension as well.

    Diabetes and hypertension are illnesses that reinforce each other and reinforce themselves. High blood pressure can, for example, damage capillaries in the kidney. Over time, the kidney loses more of its ability to regulate blood pressure. When blood pressure goes even more out of control, it can affect the cells of the pancreas that secret insulin and regulate blood sugar. The situation seems to make itself worse, but there is hope.

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    Avoid Hypertension

    Being diabetic does not mean you will necessarily develop hypertension. In fact, you can avoid or treat hypertension by making some simple changes in lifestyle.

    Cut down on calories whenever you can and try to be physically active everyday. Eat moderate amounts healthy foods like nuts, whole-grain products, fresh fruits and vegetables. Switch to fat-free or low-fat products, and eat one or two servings of vegetables for lunch and dinner.

    Look at food labels and select products that have less than 400 mg of sodium. Limit salt in your cooking as well. Use low-fat cooking methods like baking, roasting, grilling or broiling food instead of frying foods, and eat lean portions of low-fat meats.

    Caloric restriction, physical activity and making the right food choices are at the forefront in the fight against diabetes. In the case of people who are newly diagnosed with hypertension, these are often the first types of intervention used to manage the illness. In the event that these therapies fail, medication may be necessary to maintain healthy blood pressure levels.