Did you know that being diagnosed with one chronic disease can lead to higher chances of other related ones? Diabetes, for example, is often associated with obesity and an increased risk for heart health. Medical-scientific literature on the subject claims that arterial hypertension and diabetes mellitus are bad companions: indeed, the risk of developing diabetes is two to three times greater in patients with high blood pressure than in normotensive subjects; and people with diabetes are approximately twice as likely to suffer from hypertension compared to people their same age who do not suffer from this pathology. Data also show a close relationship between age and body mass index on the one hand, and the prevalence of diabetes and arterial hypertension on the other.
Diabetes and poor treatment adherence
According to a survey by Federfarma, 63% of patients with diabetes – especially type 2 diabetes (i.e. the one mainly linked to lifestyle) – do not correctly comply with the therapy prescribed by their doctor, or do not regularly perform blood glucose measurements. What does poor treatment adherence entail in diabetics? It increases the risk of major complications, such as those affecting the vascular system and the eyes.
The importance of self-monitoring
Self-monitoring is crucial when suffering of diabetes, hypertension or more. To perform it in the best possible way, you can use connected devices such as blood pressure meters and glucometers that can support you step by step in the practice of daily monitoring and in building a personal health journal.
Devices to improve your health
In addition to helping you monitor your data, connected devices help you to improve your lifestyle and to keep regular records. Simple to use, connected devices are within everyone’s reach and allow you to more easily follow doctors’ therapeutic instructions – so you can play an active role in your own treatment journey.