Have You Checked Your Blood Pressure Today ?
High blood pressure is a problem affecting up to 66% of adults with diabetes. But, unfortunately, hypertension rarely has symptoms. That's why the American Diabetes Association recommends that you have your blood pressure checked at the doctor's office two to four times a year. If your blood pressure is even slightly elevated, you increase your risk of eye, kidney and heart problems.
People with diabetes should aim for blood pressure readings of 130/80 or less. The first number is called systolic pressure and signifies the pressure as your heart pushes blood through the blood vessels. The second number, diastolic pressure, signifies the pressure when the vessels relax between heartbeats.
What's your blood pressure reading today, do you know ?
( Thank you Deborah for the inspiration )
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