High blood pressure is a serious complication for diabetes sufferers, tackling lifestyle habits can help to reduce it.

In the UK alone 2.5 million people suffer from type 2 diabetes and nearly one tenth of the entire NHS budget is spent managing diabetes and its complications. That is nearly £9 billion a year spent on this deadly disease, making diabetes and the complications surrounding it one of the most serious health risks in the nation and a financial burden on the health system.

One of the more serious complications of type 2 diabetes is hypertension or high blood pressure. Hypertension affects nearly 70% of patients with diabetes and is twice as likely to occur in people with diabetes as in those without diabetes. With those who suffer from type 2 diabetes the news is even grimmer. It is estimated that 40-50% of all people with type 2 diabetes have arterial hypertension which means a blood pressure greater than 160/95 mm/Hg.

Adults who have both type 2 diabetes and hypertension have a greater chance of developing kidney and coronary heart disease, making it even more imperative that these individuals get their blood pressure checked often.

Although a deadly combination, the news is not all bad. Making minor adjustments can make a big difference. A leading expert in hypertension and diabetes recently stated, “Hypertension and diabetes can significantly increase the risks of heart disease, and having both together can be deadly. Over 90% of cases of hypertension can be helped by simple lifestyle changes, and studies are beginning to show that even type 2 diabetes can be reversed in this way too”.

Many people are turning to complimentary therapy to make those changes in lifestyle. by working closely with patients to determine their individual needs and then develop a specialised treatment for those clients that provide an effective method of controlling high blood pressure.

Whatever the treatment for high blood pressure, it all starts with the knowledge that comes with a blood pressure check. This is best done by your GP.

Not everyone wants to take medication to treat hypertension, so by developing a plan of action you can start tackling the underlying causes – weight, diet, exercise, salt intake, alcohol consumption etc.


By tackling lifestyle problems, cutting back on sugar laden foods, alcohol and junk food, using SFBT, CBT, mindfulness and hypnotherapy we can help reduce the chances of developing problems such as weight gain, hypertension and diabetes.

Hypnotherapy can also help reduce the anxiety that comes with a major disease such as diabetes, lowering the anxiety helps an individual to gain control over the restricted diet and become more disciplined with choices of food.


Penny Ling is a widely experienced hypnotherapist who has worked with everyone from top executives to stroke victims since 2007. She has been editor of Hypnotherapy Today Magazine and is a supervisor and mentor for members of the AfSFH and NCH.

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