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  • Writer's pictureRichard Kadri-Langford

Know Your Numbers Week: A Vital Step Towards Better Health

September brings with it a significant health awareness event known as "Know Your Numbers Week." Organised annually and led by Blood Pressure UK this campaign encourages people to take charge of their health by monitoring key health metrics.

Blood pressure being measured during Know Your Numbers Week

Occuity is proud to support this initiative, as it aligns with our mission to empower individuals with the information they need to lead healthier lives. In this blog post, we'll delve into the importance of Know Your Numbers Week, whilst also focusing on the critical relationship between blood pressure and diabetes.

The Significance of Know Your Numbers Week

Know Your Numbers Week, running from the 4 - 10th of September, underscores the importance of tracking essential health measurements. These numbers can provide early warning signs of underlying health issues, such as heart disease and help individuals make informed decisions about their well-being. Monitoring factors like blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels is crucial for preventing and managing chronic conditions.

Blood Pressure and Diabetes: A Close Connection

High blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes are often interconnected, forming a dangerous duo that can significantly impact one's health. Here's why:

  1. Increased Risk: People with diabetes are at a higher risk of developing hypertension. Diabetes can lead to damage in the blood vessels and kidneys, making it harder for the body to regulate blood pressure.

  2. Complications: Uncontrolled hypertension can worsen diabetes-related complications. It increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney problems, which are already more common in individuals with diabetes.

  3. Vicious Cycle: High blood pressure can make it harder to manage blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. This creates a vicious cycle where poorly controlled diabetes contributes to elevated blood pressure, which, in turn, worsens diabetes.

Hypertension is twice as frequent in patients with diabetes compared with those who do not have diabetes [1].

During Know Your Numbers Week, we encourage everyone to take the initiative to monitor their health metrics regularly. Understanding the relationship between blood pressure and diabetes is vital in preventing and managing these conditions effectively. By staying informed and taking proactive steps, we can lead healthier lives and reduce the risk of serious health complications.

Where can you get a blood pressure check?

  • Local medical practice - your GP or a nurse can measure your blood pressure

  • Local pharmacy

  • Fitness centres and health clubs - provide blood pressure screenings as part of their services.

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