Diabetes and blood pressure | Diabetes UK

September 13, 2019

When you have diabetes you’re more at
risk of having high blood pressure This is when your heart has to work harder to push blood around your body By understanding what can cause this high pressure you can reduce your risk of it being a problem So let’s take a look at
how high blood sugars and high blood pressure can cause problems in people
with diabetes Here’s a blood vessel. You have blood vessels all over your body They carry blood to your vital organs like your heart kidneys and brain and your blood is made up of individual red blood cells When there is too much
glucose also called sugar in the blood your blood cells start to get sticky and
stick to the inside wall of your blood vessels As more blood cells build up on
the inside wall they start to form clumps and this makes it harder for the
blood to flow through the narrower the space the more the pressure builds up and this means the heart needs to work harder to push the blood around This causes the blood cells to start bumping into the blood vessel walls which damages it This means your blood can’t flow to the places it’s needed, like your heart and this can lead to problems like heart disease Keeping your blood sugar
at your target level will help to bring down your blood pressure if it’s too high and so reduce your risk of complications like heart problems

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