People with diabetes may develop heart disease 10 to 15 years earlier than individuals without diabetes. Learn more about the effects of smoking and how to manage your blood pressure, and keep your heart healthy with diabetes.
  • People with diabetes face a high risk from smoking: just like high blood glucose (sugar) levels, the poisonous chemicals in cigarette smoke attack blood vessels.
  • Healthy eating, physical activity, managing weight and stress, and taking your medications as prescribed can all help you control your blood pressure.
  • Follow these steps to make sure you are taking your blood pressure properly and getting the most accurate readings.
  • Managing diabetes can be stressful. Learn more about how stress is related to high blood pressure and strategies for managing stress.