Millions of people across the world are battling the double trouble of diabetes and hypertension together. Do you know that high blood pressure is twice as likely to strike a person with diabetes than a person without diabetes? In a way, you can say that these two diseases often go hand in hand. But you should also know that they can contribute towards worsening of each other’s symptoms.
According to a study available on the National Center for Biotechnology Information, in the the US population, hypertension occurs in approximately 30 percent of patients with type 1 diabetes and in 50 percent to 80 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes. Another study reported that type 2 diabetes mellitus was almost 2.5 times as likely to develop in subjects with hypertension as in subjects with normal blood pressure.
Diabetes and high sugar levels are not good for your heart, according to Dr Bipeenchandra Bhamre, Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, “Diabetes makes your arteries smaller and it makes diffuse disease. Also, if you have diabetes, the normal anginal chest pain is not felt as diabetes also destroys the nerves. We call it a silent heart attack.”
In fact, these two diseases can contribute to many other diseases as well. Hypertension can lead to many complications of diabetes such as eye diseases, kidney diseases, brain problems, and peripheral blood vessels problems.
So what’s the solution, anyway? Well, your diet can help to an extent.
Diet control is most important for diabetic and hypertension patients to avoid further complications, says Dr Bhamre.
If you are a diabetic patient, a disciplined life is a word for you to avoid all sweets and excess carbohydrates and fats in your diet. Choose your food and remember your stomach is not a dustbin to put all in it. The quantity of the food is equally important as what you choose to eat.
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