Healthy blood pressure in adults is a reading below 120 systolic and 80 diastolic. Blood pressure between 120 to 129 systolic and under 80 diastolic is considered elevated, and hypertension is systolic of 130 or more. According to the ADA, the combination of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes is lethal and can significantly raise your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Having type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure also increases your chances of developing other diabetes-related diseases, such as kidney disease and retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy may cause blindness.

Consider the possibility that salt (sodium) may not always be the culprit in high blood pressure.


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