• Juanita Weaver-Reiss

Why know about your blood pressure?


I am continuing with the 9 essential things to know if you have diabetes. Number 4 - know what the numbers mean - What is the blood pressure target?

Why notice the blood pressure or pay attention to it?

Knowing what your numbers are for your blood pressure is important in your overall health. Keeping your blood pressure in target ranges can help to prevent heart disease, stroke, and other health conditions. Keeping your blood pressure in target ranges can be part of your plan to protect your eye health and kidneys.

What is the blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the measure of force that is applied against the artery walls. The systolic (top number) is the pressure in your arteries while your heart is pumping. The diastolic (the bottom number) is the pressure in your arteries when your heart is relaxing and refilling.

Target for blood pressure

The American Diabetes Association target is 140/90.

Action Steps:

Talk with your doctor about your target for your blood pressure.

Monitor your blood pressure at home.

A blood pressure with an arm cuff is a good choice to get when you buy a blood pressure monitor.

Write your numbers in a logbook or journal and take this with you to your doctor's appointments.

Make an appointment with a dietitian coach/diabetes educator to learn about lifestyle changes that can help you manage your blood pressure. http://www.nutritionandhealthworks.com/schedule-your-appointment-1

Wishing you Best Health,

Juanita


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