High Blood Pressure & Diabetes Specialist

Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care

Family Practice and Urgent Care located in Charlotte, NC

High blood pressure and diabetes are especially dangerous when unchecked because they can lead to health complications. If you’re at risk for high blood pressure and diabetes and live in greater Charlotte, North Carolina, call Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care or make an appointment online with Dr. Sylvia Okoye or Dr. Joseph Okoye for a comprehensive medical evaluation and the finest treatment options available.

High Blood Pressure & Diabetes Q & A

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is when your blood pumps too forcefully through your arteries, stressing their structure and weakening their function. Since 30% of American adults have high blood pressure, it’s no wonder hypertension is the most common cardiovascular disease.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is an increasingly prevalent disorder where your body no longer adapts to high blood glucose levels. This inability to adapt is because your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin or your body cannot process it effectively anymore.

How are diabetes and hypertension linked?

One of the many adverse effects of diabetes is hardening arteries, and this atherosclerosis can cause hypertension. Eventually, your arteries may narrow or become blocked.

What are the risks of diabetes and hypertension?

Hypertension has no symptoms and is known as the silent killer. That’s why it’s so important to check your blood pressure regularly.

If you have diabetes, the early signs of high blood pressure may include increased hunger, thirst, urination, and fatigue. However, these symptoms are often not present or are too mild to detect until serious complications develop.

There are many risks to letting diabetes and high blood pressure go untreated. If you ignore these issues, they could lead to:

  • Blood vessel damage
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Kidney failure
  • Hardening of your leg and feet arteries (peripheral vascular disease)
  • Eye disease, yeast infections, unexplained weight loss, and other diabetes complications

However, on the other hand, managing your blood pressure and regulating your blood glucose levels can prevent the onset of complications from diabetes.

How do you treat diabetes and hypertension?

There are many ways to reduce the symptoms and risks of diabetes and high blood pressure, including medication. Dr. Sylvia Okoye and Dr. Joseph Okoye often prescribe insulin injections for diabetes and antihypertensive drugs for high blood pressure.

Helpful lifestyle improvements include:

  • Monitoring and controlling your blood sugar and pressure
  • Improving your diet
  • Minimizing salt consumption
  • Exercising regularly
  • Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
  • Avoiding alcohol abuse
  • Quitting smoking

If you’re worried about hypertension and the onset of diabetes because there aren’t usually symptoms, now’s the time to get your blood pressure checked. Early detection often avoids permanent damage, so call Eastway Medical Clinic & Urgent Care or book an appointment with Dr. Okoye online.