Are you one of the 77.9 million people in the United States who has high blood pressure? Do you have a family history of it? Also known as the silent killer or hypertension, high blood pressure, which can lead to cardiovascular disease, typically has no symptoms but can lead to deadly health consequences such as heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. Despite how widespread it is and damaging it can be, high blood pressure is still unknown, misunderstood, or ignored by many people.
When you eat food, your body breaks down all of the sugar and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin, a hormone normally produced by the pancreas, regulates the passage of glucose from the blood into the cells.
Diabetes occurs when your body does not make enough insulin, or cannot use normal amounts of insulin properly. Left untreated, diabetes causes glucose to build up in the blood instead of going into cells. As a result, your cells may be starved for energy and, over a period of time, high blood glucose levels may harm your eyes, kidneys, nerves, or heart.