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Why is controlling blood pressure important for diabetics?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Having high blood pressure can really magnify the effects of diabetes by aging your arteries –both high blood pressure and high blood sugar cause nicks or holes in the arteries' walls. Aged arteries then would lack the ability to deliver blood supply to certain key areas, like the heart, brain, penis, and clitoris. And that leads to the possibility of causing heart attacks, strokes, impotence, and decline of orgasm quality. A little physical activity can dramatically improve the ability of insulin to get glucose (blood sugar) into many cells.
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