Blood Pressure results less than 130/80

What It Means
This measure shows the percent of PeaceHealth clinic patients 18 to 75 years of age with a diagnosis of diabetes whose most recent blood pressure was less than 130/80 mm/Hg. The measure is provided for all PeaceHealth clinics and the score for each region PeaceHealth serves.

Why It Is Important
High blood pressure (hypertension) is an important risk factor for the development and worsening of many complications of diabetes. It affects up to 60% of people with diabetes. Having a normal blood pressure is as important to managing diabetes as having good control of your blood sugar for your long-term health.

The American Diabetes Association recommends a blood pressure less than 130/80 mm/Hg.

What is a normal result?

Blood pressure readings vary, but in general your blood pressure should not go above 130/80. The first number is the "systolic pressure" or the pressure in the arteries when your heart beats and fills the arteries with blood. The second number is the "diastolic pressure" or the pressure in the arteries when your heart rests between beats, filling itself with blood for the next contraction.

What is an abnormal result?

If your systolic pressure or your diastolic pressure is above 130/80, your blood pressure maybe too high. Your care team will work with you on lifestyle modifications to reduce your blood pressure such as weight loss, increased physical activity and adjusting your diet. If your blood pressure is still high, your doctor may prescribe a drug to help lower it.

How often should it be checked?

  • Every time you have an appointment with your health care team.
  • At home if recommended by your health care team.

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