Information for the public

High blood pressure

High blood pressure

Keeping your blood pressure as normal as possible is an important part of treatment for type 2 diabetes because this reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.

See NICE's guideline and information for the public on hypertension, which is the medical name for high blood pressure.

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?

  • What other lifestyle changes should I make to help reduce my blood pressure?

  • 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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