Understanding High Blood Pressure and Type 2 Diabetes

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Understanding High Blood Pressure and Type 2 Diabetes

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Most people associate Type 2 Diabetes with low insulin levels, but that is not always the case. Type 2 Diabetes is the result of insulin resistance. When the body becomes resistant to insulin, which is a hormone that allows cells to absorb glucose for fuel, insulin builds up in the blood. This increase is a cause of hypertension.


How Do High Levels of Insulin Cause Hypertension?


To understand the relationship between the two, it is essential to understand a little bit about high blood pressure. Your blood pressure measurement rates how hard the heart is working to pump blood through your body. Blockages in the arteries or tightness in muscles can increase blood pressure.