How Diabetes Affects the Heart

Diabetic Hypertension Risk

More commonly known as high blood pressure, hypertension is one of the leading contributors to heart attacks. Pressure in the blood vessels naturally rises when you're stressed out or exercising hard. But if you have hypertension, your blood pressure is always high. Although people frequently claim they can feel their blood pressure soaring when they are angry or frustrated, hypertension actually has no symptoms. That's why high blood pressure is called a "silent" disease. Chronically elevated blood pressure forces your heart to work too hard, which may cause it to weaken over time. High blood pressure also increases wear and tear on the arteries.

At least half of patients with diabetes have hypertension, though it's not clear why. According to one study, up to half of people with diabetes have poor control over their blood pressure. Hypertension also increases the risk for many of the other diabetes complications.

In the next section, we'll discuss why diabetics should keep close tabs on their cholesterol.

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