High blood pressure is a condition that has being the silent killer of many for years. It is a health condition that gives a pressure reading of 140/90 mmHg or above when diagnosed. Statistics revealed that there are at least one out of every three adult person in the United States that has this condition. Worldwide, these stats increase tremendously. Unfortunately once you develop hypertension, it usually remains with you for the rest of your life.
Your hypertension can be treated but it means that you will be on blood pressure medications for the rest of you life. I know many of us don't want to become walking pharmacies but for the sake of our health, many of us don't usually have a choice.
High blood pressure is considered the silent killer in the medical world, simple because it usually does not show any signs or symptoms.
If you have this condition, you may not know that that it exist until it is to late. This is usually indicated when you begin experiencing problems with your heart, kidneys, or brain.
High blood pressure can cause a number of other health problems. This is especially true for diabetics like us as well as non-diabetics. These health issues can become very serious, if your blood pressure problem goes undetected or untreated. Some of these health problems that we may encounter are as follows...
Considered the force by which the blood pushes against the walls of your arteries. With every beat of your heart, blood is forced into your arteries. However the pressure of the blood is only at the highest during the beats of the heart.
Our blood pressure measurements are usually given in two numbers. The first is called the systolic pressure. This is the pressure that occurs during each of our heart. The second number represents the diastolic pressure.
This is the pressure that is measured when our hearts are at rest or between beats. Whenever we have our high blood pressure checked, it is always given as two numbers with the first number representing the systolic pressure and the second number representing the diastolic pressure.
The results are usually written in this manner 120/80 or 120 over 80. As I mentioned earlier, high blood pressure is a condition where your pressure is 140/90 mmHg or above. If this number stays constantly high, as a diabetic or non-diabetic person, your heart will work harder than normal.
During this time, considerable strain is placed on your arteries which increases your chances of having...
A pressure reading that is 120/80 mmHg is considered normal. It can get lower than this...but we have to be very careful here because a blood pressure that is abnormally low, is an indication that you may have hypotension. Hypotension is indicated by a blood pressure reading of 90/60 mmHg.
Statistics reveal that a blood pressure that is less than 140/90 mmHg (high) have been documented as either above normal or pre-hypertensive. We are considered pre-hypertensive when our blood pressure readings are between 120 and 139 for the systolic pressure and between 80 and 89 for the diastolic pressure.
High blood pressure comes in two stages. If we look at the chart below, we can get a good break down of the different blood pressure readings for adults when taken.
|Readings||Systolic Pressure||Diastolic Pressure|
|Normal pressure||Less than 120||Less than 80|
|Pre-hypertensive||120 - 139||80 - 89|
|Stage 1||140 - 159||90 - 99|
|Stage 2||160 and over||Over 100|
Many Americans over the age of 59, have hypertension problems. According to medical statistics, this condition is more commonly diagnosed in African Americans. The reasons for this are as follows...
Diabetics and non-diabetics are at greater risks for high blood pressure development for these reasons. If they are...
For years we have been saying that the salt content found in our diets is responsible for the development of hypertension. The truth of the matter is...salt is not the problem but how our bodies respond or manage it. It also have to do with how salt is proportioned to the other minerals found in our bodies.
Some of these minerals are potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Click on the e-book link to the right to uncover the truth about this silent killer.
There are many of us out there, who could be walking around with high blood pressure and don't realize it. We may only begin to worry when we begin to experience other health problems...brought on by this condition. The only way to tell if we have hypertension is through a blood pressure test.
If you have have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are more likely to develop blood pressure problems than those without the disease. When diabetics develop high blood pressure, they must get treatment for it right away.
If they don't, the problem could cause complications that are associated with diabetes mellitus, to be more severe. High blood pressure affects over 59% of all people diagnosed with diabetes.
Blood pressure measurements for many of us will vary; however, our blood pressure readings should not exceed 130 (systolic pressure) over 80 (diastolic pressure). When it comes to good diabetes management, maintaining your blood pressure at the required level is just as important as maintaining control over your blood glucose level.
In spite of a few lifestyle changes, there are times when the blood pressure of diabetics and non-diabetics still remain too high. When this happens, your health care provider may have to prescribe certain medications that are use for treating high blood pressure.
Unfortunately for us these medications are only treatments and not cures. So what does this means?
This means that diabetics that have hypertension or blood pressure problems may have to take these medications for the rest of their lives.
Some key points to remember about these medications though! They all do not work in the same manner.
There are occasions when you may require a combination of two or more of these medications as a patient. This is done to effectively treat your illness. High Blood pressure medications work in one of three ways.
These include treating or lowering the blood pressure by getting rid of any excess fluids and salt in the body, reducing the heart beat of the individual so that it pumps less, causing the blood vessels to become more relaxed and widened.
Listed below are the medications that are commonly prescribed by doctors to treat hypertension.
As a diabetic or non-diabetic person, it is extremely important that you take your hypertension medications as prescribed by your doctor/s. It is also very important that you administer your treatment at the same time every day so that you maintain proper control over your illness.
This will help you to avoid skipping any days. For those of us who like to short change or reduce our medications ( no matter what they are for) by cutting them in half, stop doing it this. Your condition is not being effectively treated this way .
Remember you only have one health so don't make your heart muscle work any harder or become any larger because you want to save a few pennies. I will only end up spending even more money in the long run because of other health problems. Properly treat your high blood pressure.