North Central Health District

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High Blood Pressure & Diabetes

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Risk factors for high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are related to genetics and lifestyle. Keep reading to find out how each of these conditions originate and how you can avoid or control them.

High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure affects 34% of the population. You may not know if you have high blood pressure because it doesn’t cause any symptoms. That’s why it’s important for you to 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

Cost and Payment

We accept United Health Care, Medicaid, Aetna and Cigna for both high blood pressure and diabetes appointments. If you are uninsured or underinsured, care is available on a sliding scale based on your income. Proof of income is requested at the time of your visit. Schedule your appointment now by calling or visiting your local health department today.