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Blood Pressure

The combination of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes is particularly lethal and can significantly raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Having type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure also increases your chances of developing other diabetes-related diseases, such as kidney disease and retinopathy. Thus, Blood Pressure is also an important biomarker which must be discussed with your health care provider.

In the general population and in people with diabetes, a blood pressure reading of 120/80 mm Hg is considered normal.

For Type 2 diabetes: If you have nephropathy, retinopathy or have cerebrovascular disease (which includes stroke) the target is 130/80 mmHg.

People with diabetes need to be more vigilant. So if you have diabetes, your doctor may check your blood pressure at least four times each year.

If you have diabetes and high blood pressure, then it is recommended that you self-monitor at home, record the readings, and share them with your doctor.