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High Blood Pressure - A Silent Killer

High Blood Pressure - A Silent Killer One in every three adults -- some 75 million people in the USA alone -- have high blood pressure. But many people are unaware that they have the condition. Untreated hypertension increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. These are the first and third commonest causes of death in the USA. Hypertension can also damage the kidneys and increase the risk of blindness and dementia. That is why hypertension is referred to as a "silent killer." Everyone is at risk from high blood pressure. However, the elderly tend to have a different hypertension profile compared with younger people, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is important to raise our collective consciousness of a particular type of high blood pressure known as isolated systolic hypertension (ISH). Systolic pressure is the first number in a blood pressure reading and is an indicator of blood pressure when the heart contracts. The second number, the diastolic pressure, reflects pressure when the heart relaxes between beats. In the past, many doctors diagnosed high blood pressure based on diastol Continue reading >>

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  1. MikeM23

    Insulin (Lantus and Novolog) and its side effects.

    I started taking insulin about 4 months ago. I have not been healthy a single day since then. First i just had some type of flu, then an upper respitory infection, then a peptic ulcer. Ive NEVER had stomache problems before. And this peptic ulcer really sucked and still doesn. And 1 month ago I got pnemonia for the first time in my life and ended up in hospital. I still havent recovered from it to this day. And no every single joint and muscle in my body hurts.
    Ive talked to my Endo about it and she doesnt think it has anything to do with my going on insulin. Just bad luck? Your thoughts please

  2. indianamomoftwo

    Hi, Sorry your having such a rough time last few months. I too went on insulin about same time as you . I am on Levemir and Novolog. I do have the muscle and joint pain, and gained about 10 pounds! Which I am not happy about but continue to go to gym anyways.
    I would have to agree with endo about the stomache problems and pnemonia, I don't see how it would be related to insulin. Have your bs been in check? If they have been high, you would be more subseptable (sp?) to get the flu etc.
    Hoping things turn around for you soon! !

  3. johnleveritt

    Originally Posted by MikeM23
    I started taking insulin about 4 months ago. I have not been healthy a single day since then. First i just had some type of flu, then an upper respitory infection, then a peptic ulcer. Ive NEVER had stomache problems before. And this peptic ulcer really sucked and still doesn. And 1 month ago I got pnemonia for the first time in my life and ended up in hospital. I still havent recovered from it to this day. And no every single joint and muscle in my body hurts.
    Ive talked to my Endo about it and she doesnt think it has anything to do with my going on insulin. Just bad luck? Your thoughts please I'm sorry to hear about your problems. "But"
    I would believe your endo. I've been on both Lantus, and Nonolog, before the pump, with no problems.

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