Managing Your Blood Pressure When You Have Diabetes
If you have diabetes, one of the most important things that you should do is to check your blood pressure on a regular basis. By keeping track of your blood pressure levels you can avoid problems such as heart failure, kidney, stroke and eye disease.
When to Test Your Blood Pressure
Many diabetes experts recommend that blood pressures are checked by your healthcare professional at every medical visit. If you do not see the doctor often, make sure that you have your blood pressure tested at least once per year.
Blood Pressure Testing
When you get your blood pressure measured, the test is fast and virtually painless. A pressure cuff will be applied to your upper left arm. The cuff is then inflated and the healthcare professional will take the reading of your blood pressure as soon as the pressure in the cuff is released.
Lowering Your Blood Pressure Level
If you find that you have high blood pressure, making lifestyle changes can help to improve your blood pressure. Healthy eating habits including physical activity, weight loss, reducing salt intake and lowering stress levels can all help to reduce blood pressure levels.
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