As the name suggests, blood pressure (BP) is a medical term used to describe the pressure that pushes against the blood vessels. It can vary throughout the day. For this reason, the resting BP is commonly used for the parameter whether or not your BP is normal.
BP is commonly given in mm Hg. Normally, the resting BP should be not higher than 120 /80 mm Hg – though there are also some experts recommend lower than 115 /75 mm Hg to keep safe in reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.
Typically, the higher number describes systolic pressure. It is the pressure against the blood vessels that is measured when the heart is working or beating. Therefore, it is usually relatively higher in mm Hg.
And for the lower number, it points to a pressure that is medically called as diastolic pressure.
Unlike the top number (systolic pressure), diastolic pressure is measured from the pressure against the blood vessel in the condition of when the heart is not pumping or between beats. Therefore, it is usually relatively lower in mm Hg if compared to systolic pressure.
In addition, checking the levels of your BP is much more simple and practical than checking your blood sugar, because there is no any blood test required. Even there are many home test kits for blood pressure that you can use at home.
Some doctors say that there is no a direct link between blood pressure and blood sugar. However in fact, both conditions are often found together.
For this reason, there are also some experts believe that these conditions can affect each other. Both are closely associated with the mechanism of blood vessels in distributing the blood from one area to other areas.
In general, blood vessels are divided into 2 major types – veins and arteries. Each type of these blood vessels needs normal levels of blood sugar and blood pressure to work optimally.
If they don’t work well, the mechanism of blood all over the body is affected. And once cells of the body don’t get plenty of essential nutrients and oxygen that distributed through the blood circulation, there will be many complications.
The kind of complication can be influenced by several factors. But in general, the area of where the cells get poor supply of oxygen and nutrients can play a key role. For instance, if the problem affects cells of the brain, stroke occurs.
Blood sugar is different than blood pressure. But again, they can be potential to affect each other. And many serious health conditions that are affected by blood sugar also can be linked to the blood pressure.
So, which one of that you should prioritize to improve your overall health? Well overall, it’s important to keep both variables as normal as possible – both variables are very important!
Fortunately, most approaches to prevent hypertension (high blood pressure) also do work to prevent and improve high blood sugar. In other words, the treatment plan can be designed to work together to cope with those both problems.