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High Blood Pressure & Diabetes

High Blood Pressure & Diabetes

Eastway Medical Clinic

Diabetes and Hypertension are major causes of cardiovascular disease including stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. One may not have symptoms until they have caused severe damage.

Visit Eastway Medical Clinic and Urgent Care in Charlotte North Carolina if you have or think you may have hypertension, or diabetes, for a comprehensive and compassionate care from our highly qualified and experience physicians. 

What is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body. Blood pressure normally rises and falls throughout the day, but it can damage your heart and cause health problems if it stays high for a long time. High blood pressure is also called hypertension.

Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

Having certain medical conditions can increase your chances of developing high blood pressure. These conditions include

  • Prehypertension.
  • Diabetes.

Unhealthy behaviors can also increase your risk for high blood pressure, especially for people who have one of the medical conditions listed above. Unhealthy behaviors include

  • Smoking tobacco.
  • Eating foods high in sodium and low in potassium.
  • Not getting enough physical activity.
  • Being obese.
  • Drinking too much alcohol.

 

What are the signs and symptoms of High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure usually has no warning signs or symptoms, so many people don’t realize they have it. There’s only one way to know whether you have high blood pressure: Have a doctor or other health professional measure it. Measuring your blood pressure is quick and painless.

How can High Blood Pressure be treated?

Keeping your blood pressure levels in a healthy range usually involves taking medications, reducing sodium in the diet, getting daily physical activity, and quitting smoking.

 

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) disease in which the body cannot regulate the amount of sugar in the blood. People with diabetes have high blood sugar because their body cannot move sugar from the blood into muscle and fat cells to be burned or stored for energy, and/or because their liver makes too much glucose and releases it into the blood.

 

What are the causes and types of diabetes?

Diabetes can be caused by too little insulin, resistance to insulin, or both. Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas to control blood sugar.

Types of Diabetes

There are two major types of diabetes. The causes and risk factors are different for each type:

Type 1 Diabetes is less common and can occur at any age, but it is most often diagnosed in children, teens, or young adults. In this disease, the body makes little or no insulin, because the pancreas cells that make insulin stop working, and daily injections of insulin are needed. The cause of the failure to make enough insulin is unknown.

Type 2 Diabetes is more common and most often occurs in adulthood, but because of high obesity rates, children and teens are now being diagnosed with this disease. With type 2 diabetes, the body is resistant to insulin and doesn’t use insulin as well as it should.  Some people with type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, and not all people with type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese.

Gestational diabetes is high blood sugar that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes.

What are the symptoms of diabetes?

A high blood sugar level can cause several symptoms, including:

  • Blurry vision
  • Excess thirst
  • Fatigue
  • Frequent urination
  • Hunger
  • Weight loss

Exams and Tests

Urine test: A urine analysis show high blood sugar, but a urine test alone does not diagnose diabetes.

Blood tests: Fasting blood glucose level, Hemoglobin A1c, and Oral glucose tolerance test are used in the diagnosis of diabetes

How can diabetes be treated?

Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be reversed with lifestyle changes, especially losing weight with exercise and by eating healthier foods.

There is no cure for type 1 diabetes (except for a pancreas or islet cell transplant).

Treating either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes involves nutrition, activity and medicines to control blood sugar level.

Everyone with diabetes should receive proper education and support about the best ways to manage their diabetes. Getting better control over your blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels helps reduce the risk for kidney disease, eye disease, nervous system disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Prevention

Keeping an ideal body weight and an active lifestyle may prevent or delay the start of type 2 diabetes, and if you’re overweight, losing just 5% of your body weight can reduce your risk. Some medicines can also be used to delay or prevent the start of type 2 diabetes.

Visit Eastway Medical Clinic and Urgent Care in Charlotte North Carolina if you have diabetes or symptoms of diabetes.  Our doctors are very  experienced in the management of diabetes,  and they   will take very good care of you. Call or go online to make an appointment. We also offer same day appointment and take walk-ins.

We Are Accepting New Patients

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care. You can either call us at 704 360 8893 or send us an email to info@eastwaymedicalclinic.com

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Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care 1220 Eastway Drive Charlotte, NC 28205

Phone: 704 360 8893

Fax: 704 626 6515

hours of operation

Monday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Tuesday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Wednesday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Thursday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Friday

8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Saturday

9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday

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