The Link Between Diabetes and Hypertension

How Does Diabetes Lead to Hypertension

Studies show that at least 1 in every 3 patients who have diabetes may also have hypertension. If diabetes and hypertension co-exist, it will tend to make the other condition worse and vice versa.

When a person has diabetes or persistent high blood sugar, there are three factors that can trigger high blood pressure:

  • Decrease in the ability of the blood vessels to stretch.
  • Increase in the amount of fluid in the body, most likely to occur when the kidneys are already affected.
  • Insulin resistance

Diabetes and hypertension will generally coexist since they share the same risk factors, such as being overweight, having an unhealthy diet and inactive lifestyle.

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