Do People With Diabetes Have High Blood Pressure?

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The Connection Between Diabetes, Heart Disease, And Stroke

Aaron contacted TheDiabetesCouncil with some questions related to diabetes and heart disease. Aaron is 57 years old. He has had Type 2 diabetes for 12 years. Aaron visited his doctor related to swelling in his ankles and feet, shortness of breath, and weight gain. After some tests, the doctor informed him that on top of his Type 2 diabetes, he now has congestive heart failure. He was now wondering why did he have heart disease now and was it because of his diabetes? In order to help Aaron and other people with diabetes understand the connection between diabetes and heart disease and how to prevent it, we decided to look into the specific link between the two diseases. What is the connection between diabetes and heart disease? According to the American Heart Association, there exist a relationship between cardiovascular disease and diabetes: 68% percent of people with diabetes who are aged 65 and older die from heart disease and 16% die of a stroke. People with diabetes are more likely to die from a heart disease than those without diabetes. The National Institute of Health states the following for people with diabetes: They have additional causes of heart disease They are at higher Continue reading >>

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  1. Emily Fisher

    I will probably need antidepressants and other psych medications my entire life, too.
    You know what else I will be dependent on? Food. Water. Sleep. Shelter.
    Dependency isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Your prescribed medications that you are using responsibly and as directed aren’t the same as being an alcoholic or being addicted to street drugs.
    Many chronically ill people are dependent on medications for the rest of their life, not just mentally ill people.

    Bottom line, don’t feel discouraged for taking medications to keep yourself healthy. If your medications are helping you function and live a better life, don’t feel bad about needing them.

  2. Ron Davis

    As you get older, you gradually need increasingly numerous medications to maintain health. That may not sound like encouragement, because growing old has its downsides. However, aging is a lot better than the alternative. You just slot the medications into your normal routine, and hardly notice that you are taking them, until you stop and think of the difference in your life that they make.

  3. Andy Wilkinson

    Welcome to the club.
    The goal, at least for me, is to reduce the quantity and types of medications. I believe that there are alternatives that can be optimized for the person, thereby reducing the need for (as much) medication.
    Namely, actively engaging in the treatment plan every day. That would usually include daily exercise, quality sleep, creating an environment that is healthy and immersing one’s self in it. Figure out what works for you and do it.

    It’s about quality of life. If the side effects of the medications are such that they make things worse in other ways, then it is not worth taking them (as much).

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