Thursday, 16 October 2008

Diabetes - the silent assassin

Blood pressure news

Diabetes - the silent assassin
Posters will be appearing around the country featuring a dark and shadowy figure. The "silent assassin" will be pictured lurking on streets and in magazines as it waits to pounce on unsuspecting members of the public. But what is this deadly danger? It is diabetes.
This advertising campaign has been funded by Diabetes UK to make people aware of the dangers of diabetes.
The charity wants everyone to know that having diabetes dramatically increases your risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
People with high blood pressure need to be even more careful about diabetes. Diabetes and high blood pressure together will combine to form a double-whammy of danger. Both of them raise the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease and, when combined, they have an even more powerful effect. For more on diabetes and high blood pressure, please see our Diabetes page.
Fortunately there is much you can do to lower your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes. Or, if you have either condition, there is much you can do to lower your risks of developing the other one.
The good news is that the advice is pretty much the same for both conditions:
By following these lifestyle changes you will help to dramatically lower your risk of developing heart disease, stroke or kidney disease in the future.

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