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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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