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.

NICE has produced separate guidance and information for the public on hypertension, which is the medical name for high blood pressure – see other NICE guidance for more information.

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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