Here is why you need to keep your blood pressure in check
Take control of your health on World Diabetes Day, with Omron Evolv
The impact high blood pressure can have on those living with diabetes, may come as a surprise to some on World Diabetes Day. A study conducted by Oxford University showed that people with high blood pressure have up to a 58 per cent greater risk of developing diabetes - a demographic that is increasing every year, according to the latest research by Diabetes UK.
Also in line with these findings, research shows that the number of people living with the disease has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Worldwide, diabetes affects 422 million people according to the World Health Organisation, and is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation.
Yet, how much do people really know about diabetes? Despite it being widespread among the global population, people have varying levels of understanding and insight into the causes, symptoms, and most importantly, what can be done to prevent it from occurring.
People are often surprised to find that hypertension is a great risk factor for accelerating the progression of diabetes for example, and that the risk of a cardiovascular event is two to four times higher in people with this disease.
Researchers have discovered how diabetes, by driving inflammation and slowing blood flow, dramatically accelerates atherosclerosis. On the positive side, blood pressure control can lead to significant decreases in cardiovascular events within just a six-month period, yet unfortunately, not everyone will be aware of this.
Accurately measuring blood pressure at home is just one example of a 'better choice' action people can take that could lead to significant health benefits. As of 2018, the ESC/ESH Guidelines for the Management of Arterial Hypertension recommends to base the diagnosis of hypertension on out-of-office measurement with home blood pressure monitors.
Given their particular physical conditions, measuring high blood pressure in diabetic patients might be a bit of a challenge. For this reason, diabetic patients need to be sure they are choosing clinically-validated devices for use in diabetic population, which guarantee the same level of accuracy they would get at their doctor's office.
Not only this, but the latest mobile apps also now enable people to track their activity and relevant health history on the go, meaning valuable personal data insights are easily accessible, at the touch of a fingertip.
Turn to Evolv, the all-in-one blood pressure monitor that alleviates the burdens of blood pressure monitoring at every step of the measurement. Fast, silent and accurate, Evolv is designed to monitor your blood pressure without interrupting your day.
The sleek-looking device sets a new standard in blood pressure monitoring. The display, monitor and cuff have been integrated into a compact one-piece device with no tabletop unit, no tubes, and no wires. Thanks to its unique design and features, Evolv offers unmatched usability and portability. This allows you to measure your blood pressure anywhere, anytime.
Omron Evolv has proven its reliability and accuracy under rigorous testing procedures by major health organisations on general populations. The device has even successfully passed validation of International Protocol defined by European Society of Hypertension (ESH-IP) for pregnant women and women with pre-eclampsia, ensuring accurate readings and support for the doctor to timely diagnose possible hypertensive disorders.
You can download the Omron connect app for iPhone and Android for free. Once paired with Evolv, the Omron connect app wirelessly syncs readings with your smartphone. View, manage and store an unlimited number of readings to track your progress. You can even share your results by e-mail, message or WhatsApp, or sync them automatically to any other compatible app, including Apple Health.
Only two buttons for start, stop and sync: Evolv has only two buttons - start/stop and the connection button. Use start/stop to get a reading, it's that easy. Its OLED screen instantly displays systolic, diastolic and pulse readings in bold numbers for direct feedback. You'll need the connection button only once if you choose to pair Evolv with your smartphone.
Once paired, readings are synced to your smartphone over Bluetooth with a simple swipe. Evolv makes blood pressure monitoring a seamless part of your lifestyle. Its unique design and features offer unmatched usability and portability to get fast and accurate readings anywhere, anytime.
The Omron connect app gives you deeper insights into your health over time. You can use Evolv at home or on the go to track if your lifestyle changes are lowering your blood pressure.
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