The good news is that we can prevent or delay high blood pressure or diabetes (Type 2) by taking good care of ourselves. This includes keeping your blood sugar levels as close to your target as possible, eating healthy, getting regular physical activity, keeping your blood pressure (and cholesterol by the way) at the levels your physician sets, taking medications if needed, and getting regular checkups. It may sound like a lot, but it’s worth it to improve your health and feel your best.
For patients who wish to advance science, I run studies on optimizing treatment algorithms and options specifically for disease prevention. I encourage them to discuss these options with their family doctor.