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Heat and high blood pressure

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Isobel94, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Isobel94

    Isobel94 · Well-Known Member

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    Hello everyone,

    This may or may not have something to do with diabetes but I'm freaking out here...

    I'm a type one diabetic on novorapid and lantus. And where I am now it is very, very hot, considering that it's Ireland! :shock: Today it was apparently 29 degrees Celsius. I was out and about a lot today as I had a few things to deal with, so I soaked up a lot of the heat. I was sweating excessively as a result. I had an appointment at the diabetes clinic and they checked my blood pressure and it was 140 over 90!! And the nurse didn't remark at all! I am reading up about this online and I'm seeing things like "Stage One High Blood Pressure!! :***:

    I must also mention the fact that I have drank a lot of caffeine recently, having up to 4 cups of coffee a day. This was within the last month and a half. I think I'll cut that out, but in the meantime I would like to know if heat causes changes in blood pressure? I am usually in or around 110 over 60.

    I am one baked cookie!

    Izzy.
     
  2. CathyN

    CathyN Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Just off hand, I think heat is responsible for raising blood pressure. Also, when the test is taken, if you have eaten beforehand it is likely to be higher. - and also, if you need to go to the loo, it can be raised.

    I reckon your are right to stop your coffee drinking. That is a stimulant, so must have an effect . Not great for the liver either.

    Because I have something called ectopic heart beat, I decided to invest in one of those home BP monitors. I got it at Boots for around £70.00. I take my BP every morning when I get up. The monitor tells you if the reading is worrying. It also gives you your pulse. I have found it very reassuring to be able to check it out.

    I hope you have cooled down now!!

    Cath
     
  3. Isobel94

    Isobel94 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi Cathy, thanks for your reply. I've cooled off now, just got a little sunburn :(

    I hadn't eaten beforehand but I did need to pee, not badly though. I was at the stage where I thought, "I'd like to go soon, it'd be nice". It wouldn't have stressed me out. I wanted to have something in my bladder as they were looking for a urine sample :wink:

    I may invest in a home blood pressure monitor if my symptoms persist.

    Thanks!

    Izzy.
     
  4. noblehead

    noblehead Type 1 · Guru
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    Stands to reason that the heat will stress the body and make the heart work faster, I wouldn't read too much into the 140/90 reading if your bp is normally fine, if you want buy yourself a home bp monitor ( upper cuff model) and test your bp at home when your more relaxed, take a note of your readings and present them at your next clinic appointment and ask the nurse/gp what they think of them.
     
  5. Isobel94

    Isobel94 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi noblehead, yes, the heat definitely takes it toll, especially because we're not used to it over here! The trains have been delayed by hours and everything!

    I don't think I will look too much into it as I do believe I got that result due to the heat. If heat can cause water to boil imagine what it does to the blood... :crazy:

    Hopefully this weather doesn't last too long, or else I will have to become a hermit, what with the added hypos as well.

    Izzy.
     
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    Blood pressure is considered high if it is greater than 130/85 mm Hg.
     
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