How can diabetes lead to hypertension or high blood pressure?

Medically Reviewed by Checkmark Medically Reviewed By: Dr. Sravanthi Sunkaraneni

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, hypertension or high blood pressure is more common among people suffering from diabetes as compared to people who don’t. A person suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure is four times more likely to develop heart disease. Nearly two-thirds of adults suffering from diabetes have blood pressure ‘greater than 130/80 Hg’.

Diabetes damages arteries, which leads to its hardening or stiffening leading to increased blood pressure. This can result in atherosclerosis (buildup of plaque made from cholesterol, fat and other substances on the artery walls). If left untreated, the risk of life-threatening conditions like heart attack, and kidney failure can increase.

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