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Blood pressure

As the heart pumps blood around the body through the arteries, a force or pressure is created as the blood travels. This is known as blood pressure.

High blood pressure is common in people with diabetes. High blood pressure can more than double the risk of heart disease.

Manage high blood pressure

As a general guide, the blood pressure target for people with diabetes is 130/80 to 140/90 or lower. Your doctor will advise you on a blood pressure target to meet your health needs considering factors such as existing cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, your age or other risk factors.

Medicines for high blood pressure

Your doctor may prescribe medications that can help manage your blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease and other diabetes- related complications.

When to check your blood pressure

Ask your general practitioner (GP) or practice nurse to check your blood pressure at every visit or at least every six months.

Discuss your blood pressure targets with your doctor.

Home blood pressure monitors

Home blood pressure monitors are available through some pharmacies. However, it’s best to talk to your doctor first if you are thinking of buying one.

Benefits of managing blood pressure

Work with your diabetes health professionals to keep your blood glucose levels, blood pressure and cholesterol as close to your target ranges as possible. Research shows that keeping blood pressure in the target range reduces the risk of diabetes-related complications such as:

  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • kidney disease
  • serious eye problems
  • nerve damage.

Read more in our fact sheets:

Reducing blood pressure

There are steps you can take to lower your blood pressure:

  • regular physical activity
  • follow a healthy diet
  • reduce your salt intake
  • lose weight if you are carrying extra weight
  • drink less alcohol
  • don’t smoke. If you do, try to quit.

Read more in our fact sheets:

Information Prescriptions

To help you manage your diabetes and reduce your risk of diabetes-related complications, work with your diabetes health professional to set goals and fill in a personalised Information Prescription. Information Prescriptions help you understand and improve your health targets to manage your diabetes. Read more in our Information Prescription Diabetes and your blood pressure.

How are you going with your diabetes health checks?

It is essential to do an annual cycle of care to find any health problems early. Without regular checks, diabetes can lead to health problems that can affect your whole body, including your kidneys, eyes, feet, nerves and heart. Ask your doctor for the timing of health checks and targets that meet your individual health needs.

Read more in our fact sheet Your diabetes annual cycle of care or listen to our Annual cycle of care podcast series.