There are a number of changes in lifestyle that can be made to help lower blood pressure with diabetes. Below we have included a list of small lifestyle changes that can help with managing or possibly lowering blood pressure for patients with diabetes.
- Incorporate exercise into your routine. Exercise is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Low-impact exercise can help to strengthen the heart and allow it to pump more efficiently. Activities such as walking, swimming, or cycling are easier on the joints.
- Make adjustments to your diet. Incorporating more natural, fresh foods into your diet is another way to improve overall health. How do you know which food are best when shopping at the grocery store? Look for foods that are in their natural state, this means avoiding foods that are processed. Many grocery stores keep these items at the “perimeter” of the store, such as produce, meat, and dairy. Try to reduce shopping in the middle isles where processed foods are typically kept. If you’re looking to reduce the amount of salt you eat, start by getting rid of the salt shaker. Instead of using salt, try to incorporate fresh and flavorful herbs into your meals.
- Take your medication. If you have been prescribed medication for high blood pressure, be sure to take it as directed by your doctor. If you struggle with remembering to take your medication try setting a reminder on your phone, or taking it at the same time(s) every day.
We strongly encourage patients to always contact your licensed physician before starting any diet or exercise program.
At Palm Beach Diabetes and Endocrine Specialists, P.A. our team of dedicated physicians have over 150 years of cumulative experience from the finest institutions in the United States. Throughout the course of your treatment, our dedicated team of specialists will be available for guidance. Our physicians are all board-certified in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism, and have extensive clinical practice, research, and teaching experience.
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