Can Type 2 Diabetics Achieve a Normal Blood Pressure Range Without Drugs?
Having a high blood pressure (hypertension) reading that is above the normal blood pressure range is a concern for anyone, however people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from hypertension than most others. If you are obese and type 2 diabetic, then having high BP can be deadly leading to a fatal heart attack, or a stroke. Like many of the health risks associated with diabetes, ensuring good control of your blood sugars, eating a healthy diet and physical activity can help to keep your hypertension in check.
If you find yourself suffering from regular headaches, your vision is blurry, or you feel light headed or dizzy you may have hypertension. These symptoms are not just indicative of hypertension though and you should seek medical attention to determine the cause.
Other times there may be no symptoms at all when you have high blood pressure or it may be slightly elevated. It’s a good idea, particularly if you are diabetic to have your blood pressure routinely checked at each doctor’s appointment.
When you are obese, the most effective way to achieve a normal blood pressure range is to lose weight. Following a dietician prescribed meal plan that works for your diabetes, which will ensure you are consuming enough food, whilst still allowing you to lose weight. Other changes you can make that will improve your blood pressure are:
* An exercise routine that is undertaken on a regular basis
* Try and reduce the stress in your life – mediation, yoga, letting go of some your responsibilities
* Stop smoking
* Reduce or cut any additional salt you use for cooking or on your food
* Taking resveratrol supplements. Taking a natural resveratrol supplement each day has apparently helped many diabetics achieve a normal blood pressure range reading
While you are making lifestyle changes to help achieve a normal blood pressure range, your doctor may decide to put you on medication. If you do have to take hypertension medication, it doesn’t have to be forever. You can look at it as a short-term solution whilst you’re make the other lifestyle changes necessary to lower your blood pressure on your own.