Hypertension means blood pressure at or above 130/80 (the units are called millimeters of mercury or “mmHg”). Having hypertension can lead to heart attacks at a young age, heart failure, stroke, and kidney damage. Unfortunately, hypertension is common among people with diabetes. It is also a major risk factor for COVID-19. According to recent research, we in the United States do not control our blood pressure well. This is especially problematic in poorer southern states. The rise in the number of men and women with hypertension is very concerning. Make sure that you get your blood pressure checked regularly and aim to reduce it to below 130/80 mm/hg. Eating healthy meals, avoiding high salt processed foods, and doing plenty of exercise can help enormously. There are also a number of medicines available from your doctor.

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