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How Can I Lower My Blood Pressure?

By    |   Friday, 28 Mar 2014 10:18 AM

Question: How can I lower my blood pressure? I have diabetes and take insulin, but I am scared of the needles and becoming worried over my situation at age 43.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
You have diabetes, which you manage with twice-daily insulin shots. You should discuss your fear of needles with your physician, and have yourself referred to a diabetic clinician for diabetic education. There are numerous techniques available to make self-treatment virtually painless.
 
Affordable infrared bloodless glucose monitoring is expected to be available within the next two to three years. In the meantime, you might want to explore whether weight management could help you, and be sure no underlying factors such as hypothyroidism are complicating your health.
 
Your blood pressure management is important, particularly knowing you have diabetes. It is common to prescribe ACE inhibitors to diabetics to protect the kidneys from elevated renal failure risks, and ACE inhibitor use in correct doses will reduce your blood pressure. See your personal physician for guidance and appropriate referral.

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