Blog Entries With Tag: high blood pressure


Posted: Jun 28, 2013

Love me - I'm a cow - moo!!Recently I got together with some friends from high school.  Sadly, it wasn’t for a happy occasion, like we have done in the past, but for saying good bye to a good friend of ours, who had battled breast cancer for 5 years, and sadly lost to it, as it invaded their body.   I didn’t realise until last w/e when we got together to raise a glass to her time their time here on planet Earth – that they had become diabetic during those years.   All of you know, from my past blogs and statements I’ve made within the social media …. “ if they’d had diabetes – they would be alive today “.

I found out that many have now become Type 2 diabetes (T2D).  As one of my friends put it – their whole family has it – so they “inherited” it.  I had to hold my tongue back on their statement, as I’m still on the fence post about whether Type 2 is passed on.  I am under the belief that the rise of Type 2 diabetes has a lot to do with how we now lead our lives, such as inactivity, foods that are eaten … the list goes on.

One thing I performed as soon as I arrived at my friend’s house for the good bye party – was test my blood sugar (BG) after the 2 hour drive.  I’m getting better now, as an insulin dependent gal to test before I hit the road.  I pulled out my little Lolita who was interviewed a few years ago otherwise known as my FreeStyle Lite meter.   Of course, they thought this was a nifty little meter (I have cool skins for it).  They thought I was such a good diabetic to be testing my BG, but of course, with wine and food awaiting me, I wanted to make sure I’d be in the good zone (neither going low or high).

One thing that one of my Type 2 Diabetic (T2D) friends told me when we started  talking about my scribbles here at Diabetes1.org and my Facebook/Twitter posts – was how different we feel when we go either low or high.  For myself, I feel tired when I go low, and when I go high, which isn’t too often, I don’t tend to feel much different.  For them, it was going high that made them feel tired.   Maybe being a Type 2 diabetic – the symptoms of our blood sugar number varies?

One of them is using Victoza  – which according to my Mum – her sister uses – and it appears to be working for helping her shed weight/keep BG's balanced BUT apparently she has become lactose intolerant since starting on it.  I asked my friend if he had some of the symptoms that my Aunt has – and they said yes (they love cheese like I do – it’s a low carb food!!!).  It’s hard to say after reading the link above on Victoza if the stomach/bowel problems could be all due to lactose intolerance – since this is a common complaint of many Victoza users.  Therefore, the only way to find out if you are lactose intolerant is to either do it the inexpensive way – of cutting out lactose products – and then reintroducing them OR the more scientific way of knowing for sure – is a hydrogen breath test.  
Picture credit of breath test - Phineas H/Flickr
It’s hard though to really pin it just on the Victoza – since lactose intolerance is also common with osteoporosis, osteopenia, pain, high blood pressure, depression to name a few.

The other scenario –since symptoms are similar is having a wheat and gluten intolerance.   It’s an iffy there as far as self testing goes –as you can tell by this link from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA).  

Just remember –anything you read on the Internet – even from me – ALWAYS question your health care practitioner. about what is happening if you’re taking Victoza or have other health problems. Take note of some of the things you’ve read here – and be an advocate of your own health!!  If you don’t ask – you’ll never know.

Hmmm, the things I learn about when I start to research for a simple blog!

Picture of two cows breaking up - from my DairyFreeDream blog site

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Posted: Apr 18, 2012
My endo many years ago in my 30's started insisting that I take blood pressure (BP) medication because one BP reading in his office showed that up abit high (I have the white coat syndrome ).  They had also said that by taking these meds that it would help curb any problems with my kidneys.

According to a diabetic friend of mine - who is like me - not medically educated but is a long term diabetic like myself - often tells other diabetics that they mentor that they don't need to take these meds for preservation of their kidney.   Supposably after "x" years (can't remember the number) - if no kidney problems are showing - that you don't need to be on these meds.  I am always hoping that those folks that receive that advice do go and seek a second opinion from someone who is knowledgable in this field - but still it does make me wonder after just having gone through the past few months - not been taking my blood pressure pills.  Actually - in the past - I often forget to take them as I'm bad at remembering to take pills - it's hit and miss - but insulin I take religiously!!

I've been testing my BP in the comfort of my home, which I am sure helps in the reading.  Today it was 110/60, and my readings tend to fall in this area or less.  I actually found when taking the medication I was even lower - but didn't feel any different then I do at my usual readings - e.g. no low blood pressure symptoms.

I'm going to ask my endo about my little experiment I've been doing next time I see them (in July) - and see if they agree with what my friend had told me - about not taking BP meds.

Here are some tips from a video here at Diabetes1.org - it's aimed more at Type 2 diabetics I find - but can be applied to not just diabetics but EVERYONE - diabetic or not!  I do find the recommended reading of 130/80 to be abit high for diabetics - but I guess it's a number that doctors feel safe with having their patients attain if they are already suffering from higher numbers.  A patient has to start somewhere - and try to improve afterwards (e.g. reducing salt in diet, stopping smoking, etc.).  The Canadian Diabetes Association also has an excellent article online that you can also read about attaining a healthy blood pressure.



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