North Central Health District

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

High Blood Pressure & Diabetes

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Our specialized Cardiometabolic Clinics provide care and support.

We welcome all patients who have been previously diagnosed with non insulin-dependent diabetes and/or high blood pressure, as well as those who are simply at-risk or concerned about their health. Clinics can be found in three convenient locations. Call the clinic nearest you to make an appointment today!

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure affects 34% of the population. Certain factors such as a family history of high blood pressure, being overweight or obese, a lack of physical exercise or even simply your age, gender or race could put you at risk for developing high blood pressure.

Known as the ‘Silent Killer,’ high blood pressure doesn’t cause any symptoms … so it’s important that you check your blood pressure on a regular basis to avoid heart attacks, strokes, kidney disease and other complications.

Diabetes

You develop type 2 diabetes when your body doesn’t use insulin properly. When this happens, the glucose (sugar) in your body builds up in your blood, causing high blood sugar. This buildup of sugar in your blood prevents your cells from getting the energy they need. High blood sugar can do damage to your eyes, kidneys, nerves and heart. Although there’s no cure for type 2 diabetes, you can control it with medication and lifestyle changes.

Are You At Risk?

The following risk factors can increase your chances of developing one or both of these conditions:

 

Protect Your Health

You can lower your risk of developing both of these conditions by eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, like oatmeal, brown rice and whole wheat breads. In addition, you should be sure to get regular exercise, watch your weight, quit smoking, limit the amount of alcohol you drink, and take medications as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

In addition, it’s best to have your blood pressure checked every year or as recommended by your healthcare provider.

How We Help

Our team of board-certified nurse practitioners and registered nurses provides expert care for non-insulin dependent type 2 diabetics and patients who wish to take control of your blood pressure and live a healthy, active life. Our services include:

  • Screening
  • Assessment
  • Treatment
  • Bloodwork and other testing
  • Dietary counseling
  • Prescription medications

For More Information

Call the Cardiometabolic Clinic at Baldwin, Houston, Jones or Macon-Bibb County Health Department to ask questions or schedule an appointment. The following resources can also provide more information about high blood pressure and diabetes: