Should I panic?

By Anonymous Latest Reply 2011-08-05 07:15:50 -0500
Started 2009-10-23 11:46:36 -0500

I found out today that my diabetic daughter as a teenager has high blood pressure. I know heart trouble is common complication with diabetes. But I never thought I'd have to worry about this when she was so young.

Is high blood pressure the first sign that she's going to have trouble? Or am I overreacting?

3 replies

berrykins0 2011-08-05 07:15:50 -0500 Report

i have both high blood pressure and diabeties together i don't have other problems. iwas told i had these issues little over 2 yrs ago. i'm on meds for both and doing just fine.theres never anything wrong with being concerend about someone health. it's good know is the condition can cause other problems so you can try to stop things from getting worse.

HeartHawk 2010-11-14 12:19:58 -0600 Report


Don't panic. In fact, be thankful for the early warning at a time when your daughter can actually do something about.

High BP can indeed be a symptom related to diabetic complications but it is a heck of a lot easier to address it in a young person than an older person where the damage can be more extensive. My first reaction would not be to look for yet another drug to lower BP. I would consult with my physician about treating the root causes.

The first thing I would look at is blood sugar control. I have young nephews with Type 1 diabetes and my first question is always, "What was your last HbA1c?" If it is not below 7.0 (or 6.0 even better) I get after them. Eating lot's of pizza and forgetting your insulin is a recipe for poor outcomes!

It is not easy at that age when all your friends are out partying. Wearing an insulin pump can help but there are often social stigmas involved. No one wants to be perceived as "different" from the crowd. This is where being a "tough love" parent comes in. Having raised two teenagers (thankfully the youngest just turned 20, lol) I know you can you talk, yell, and plead, until you are blue in the face. It is the old adage, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink." Trust me, in most cases, although it can literally take years, it starts to sink in!

Be calm but firm. Get her to the doctor - then let the nagging begin!


Anonymous 2010-10-02 12:41:58 -0500 Report

Don't panic! There are many things you can do to lower blood pressure. I have been on medication for years and don't know that any of my diabetes problems are blood pressure related.