Most of us probably assume that if your only beverage choices were diet or regular soda, the diet variety would be better. After all, drinks made with non-nutritive sweeteners do give us fewer calories.
But recent studies indicate that drinking diet soda can lead to our gaining weight. They can raise the A1C levels of those of us who have diabetes. And drinking them is also associated with a greater risk of heart disease.
Now that I live in Colorado I have lost weight. In fact, I lost so much that another way of putting it is that now Colorado is the thinnest state. Naturally, I don’t take all the credit.
Our doctors commonly prescribe ACE inhibitors and ARBs when we have high blood pressure. They help protect our hearts.
Sometimes we need to rely on our doctors. But checking our blood pressure isn’t one of those times.
If you are lucky, every time you see your primary care physician or endocrinologist, somebody in the office will check your blood pressure. If you are especially lucky, somebody will tell you what the numbers are and they will be pretty accurate.
When I was in high school, I lived in Southern California on the edge of the Colorado Desert. It was hot. In the summer it was especially hot. One summer I worked in a dairy washing bottles. That was incredibly hot.
About 73 percent of adults with diabetes also have hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure (For more information, see this factsheet from the National Institutes of Health). So why haven’t the medical device manufacturers made something that can test our blood glucose and blood pressure in the same meter?