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Hello! My father is a diabetic. When his diabetes was diagnosed he changed his habits. He eliminated alcohol consumption and reduced smoking. Since he had difficulties losing weight he entered a weight modification program. Also, he takes regularly his dose of medication and checks his blood sugar level frequently. He takes a walk every day and he feels rather well. I am only concerned with his blood pressure which is sometimes higher but he says this is normal when you have diabetes. What is the objective blood pressure for a diabetic?

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Hello! Hypertension can cause many complications in diabetes such as diabetic eye disease and kidney disease. In general, the blood pressure should not go above 130/80. The first number presents the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats and the second number shows the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats and fills with blood for the next contraction. A normal blood pressure is very important in diabetes. Your father has to check his blood pressure on a regular basis because the high blood pressure has usually no symptoms. Since he walks every day, eat healthy and maintain his body weight it would be good if he could stop smoking. ACE inhibitors are often used in treatment of high blood pressure in people with diabetes and it is shown they prevent the progression of kidney disease.
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