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High blood pressure

High blood pressure

Keeping your blood pressure as normal as possible is an important part of treatment for people with type 1 diabetes, because this reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. Your diabetes care team should:

  • explain how changes to your lifestyle can lower your blood pressure

  • offer you medicines to help lower it if needed

  • tell you about the benefits and risks of the medicines

  • check how well the medicines are working and ask you whether you are bothered by side effects.

Questions to ask about treatment for high blood pressure

  • Why is it important to keep my blood pressure as normal as possible?

  • What blood pressure levels should I aim for?

  • How often will my blood pressure be tested?

  • What can I do to lower my blood pressure? Will taking exercise help?

  • Why are you offering this medicine for blood pressure? How will it help?

  • What are the side effects of these medicines? What should I do if I get any side effects?

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