Medications for Blood
Pressure and Cholesterol
High blood pressure and high cholesterol can increase
your risk of artery damage. The risk is even greater when
combined with high blood glucose. You may also need to take
medications for high blood pressure and high cholesterol to
help prevent serious health problems.
Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Your blood pressure checks how hard your heart has to
work to pump blood to your body. Cholesterol is a fat-like
substance in the blood. Everyone’s body makes cholesterol.
Cholesterol also comes from the foods you eat. Many
people with diabetes will also need to take medications for
high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Keep a Medication List
Use a chart to keep track of your medications. (There’s a
full-size chart on this page that you can print out, copy, and
carry with you.) Be sure to keep this list up-to-date. Bring a
copy with you every time you see a health care provider or
Chapter 5: Taking Medication
Name of medication Dosage When to take it With or without food
My Medication List
Use this chart to keep track of all your medications. Write down the name, dosage, and time of day to take each medication.
If you use insulin, include all types that you are using. Make a copy to keep in a binder so you can carry it with you.
This workbook is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Only your doctor can diagnose and treat a medical problem.
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