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Why do so many people with diabetes also have high blood pressure?

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Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Important to treat

Patients with high blood pressure and diabetes need more agressive treatment than those without diabetes.
The goal blood pressure for most patients is 140/80 mmhg, but for those with diabetes, our current guidelines recommend a lower target of 130/80. These two conditions do increase the risk of heart disease and kidney disease, and controlling blood pressure in diabetics can reduce this risk also.

In brief: Important to treat

Patients with high blood pressure and diabetes need more agressive treatment than those without diabetes.
The goal blood pressure for most patients is 140/80 mmhg, but for those with diabetes, our current guidelines recommend a lower target of 130/80. These two conditions do increase the risk of heart disease and kidney disease, and controlling blood pressure in diabetics can reduce this risk also.
Dr. James Underberg
Dr. James Underberg
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Similar risk factors

First, some risk factors are the same, i.
e. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Second, these are both components of the metabolic syndrome, a constellation of heart risk factors that tend to run together - diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and low hdl.

In brief: Similar risk factors

First, some risk factors are the same, i.
e. Obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Second, these are both components of the metabolic syndrome, a constellation of heart risk factors that tend to run together - diabetes, high blood pressure, high triglycerides and low hdl.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Internal Medicine

In brief: Same issues

Two main reasons - reason 1 - same risk factors - obesity is a biggy - now whats the funnest way to get obese? High salt foods - reason 2 - diabetes causes kidney disease which can cause and contribute to hypertension.

In brief: Same issues

Two main reasons - reason 1 - same risk factors - obesity is a biggy - now whats the funnest way to get obese? High salt foods - reason 2 - diabetes causes kidney disease which can cause and contribute to hypertension.
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
Dr. Jonathan Leibowitz
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine

In brief: Cause and effect

One of the big causes of diabetes also happens to be obesity.
Obesity is a known cause of high blood pressure as well. So it's the underlying cause of both diseases, as well as hyperlipidemia or high cholesterol. We call this syndrome x or metabolic syndrome. The high sugars in the blood stream also lead to shift of fluids into the vascular space, causing high blood pressure as well.

In brief: Cause and effect

One of the big causes of diabetes also happens to be obesity.
Obesity is a known cause of high blood pressure as well. So it's the underlying cause of both diseases, as well as hyperlipidemia or high cholesterol. We call this syndrome x or metabolic syndrome. The high sugars in the blood stream also lead to shift of fluids into the vascular space, causing high blood pressure as well.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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Dr. James Underberg
Internal Medicine

In brief: Common Association

Diabetes and high blood pressure are often seen together in patients.
The linke between these two risk factors for heart disease is found in the metabolic syndrome. Factors produced by fat tissue often can change our body's response to blood pressure or cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) metabolism. Low HDL (good cholesterol) and high triglycerides are also associated with this syndrome.

In brief: Common Association

Diabetes and high blood pressure are often seen together in patients.
The linke between these two risk factors for heart disease is found in the metabolic syndrome. Factors produced by fat tissue often can change our body's response to blood pressure or cholesterol and triglyceride (fat) metabolism. Low HDL (good cholesterol) and high triglycerides are also associated with this syndrome.
Dr. James Underberg
Dr. James Underberg
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