Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Night-The Diabetes Connection

Blood Pressure monitor and medication

It has not been a secret that a number of us who are diabetic, also have to deal with high blood pressure. According to some researchers, blood pressure medication taken at nights have more of an impact on our blood sugar than when we take them in the morning.

Today we will take a brief look at how taking blood pressure meds at night could lower our blood glucose and so help us on the journey to be diabetic-free.

My Take on the Matter

Let me make my position abundantly clear that diabetes and high blood pressure are predominantly lifestyle illnesses and so my first approach is to use the necessary changes in my life to be free of both illnesses. Yes, I am speaking about a lifestyle change of eating whole foods and becoming more active in order to fight these illnesses.

For this reason, I have no intention of being comfortable with the idea of using blood pressure medications at night to ensure that my fasting readings for my blood glucose are within the normal range. However, I have a responsibility to share my research findings with my readers and this is is the purpose of today’s’ post.

I am also comforted in knowing if for any reason/s I am forced to take my blood pressure medication for a time, then I am happy seeing if taking it at nights will make a difference in my fasting blood glucose.

The Findings

It was discovered that when we take hypertension medication before going to bed, it lowers our blood pressure and also help us to keep diabetes under control during the night. They found a link between our night blood pressure and diabetes. Please click this link if you are interested in reading this article for yourself.

Here are some points from this study:

  • 2000 patients were in the study.
  • The average age of the patients was 53 years old.
  • One group took one or more of their blood pressure medication before bed.
  • A second group took all their blood pressure medication after they woke in the mornings.
  • Less of the patients who took their medication at nights developed diabetes. This group was 57% less likely to develop diabetes.
  • The patients who took their blood pressure medication at nights also had a lower blood pressure in the mornings. I must, however, add a word of caution here. We need to pay attention to the correct dose when we are taking medication. Sometimes spacing it out prevents an overdose, so I would say speak with your doctor if you are interested in testing these findings. Like I mentioned before, I thought it important to share this information. I know this is your “go to website” for diabetic news and so it is a humbling responsibility which is dear to my heart.

Lifestyle Changes to Reverse Diabetes

I would like to remind you of some things I do to control my diabetes, blood pressure and to lose weight:

  1. Eat more plant-based foods. For more information read this article about plant-based foods and diabetes.
  2. I eat reduced carbs and sugar. Check out this article about the use of a low carb diet to reverse diabetes.
  3. I avoid some “foods.” Here is a list presented in an older article about five foods to avoid in order to control diabetes.
  4. I am experimenting with resistance interval weight training. I am feeling great and as a result of the combined efforts, my blood glucose readings are mostly in the normal range or close enough to normal. Please read this article about resistance interval training for more information. You may also find the BurstFit Fire program a blessing. Read about BurstFit Fire in this review.
  5. I lead a more active lifestyle today and so Leslie Sansone DVD’s continue to be my main activity for fitness and health. I love the price (cheap) and the convenience of exercising at home. For more information on the Leslie Sansone DVD’s, please read this review.
  6. I also like to ride my stationary bicycle at home. Check out this article so you understand more about cycling.

I promised I would be brief. A reader e-mailed me and asked if some of the articles I write could be shorter and so I am doing my best to give you enough quality information and at the same time to be a bit brief for some of the articles.

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4 Comments


  1. // Reply

    Hi Josephine

    I am so happy to see that you really stress the importance of lifestyle changes as a means of controlling diabetes type 2, as well as talking about reasons for taking blood pressure meds at night.

    Diabetes is definitely one of the lifestyle diseases that can prevented or controlled by making some positive changes to one’s lifestyle. This is to be preferred to having to take meds to begin with. However, if you do have to take meds, your website is a great resource of information for those who do!


    1. // Reply

      Thanks Natalie, and yes, lifestyle changes will help for a number of illnesses. Do you know anyone with diabetes?


  2. // Reply

    Hi Josephine,

    I thought these were some really helpful ideas. I did not know that medications could affect our blood sugar readings.

    Diabetes is truly an epidemic. One of my dearest friends is afflicted, and I really fuss when he comes over to eat. I want to give him all the right foods, and not feed him any of the bad ones.

    It was nice to read an article with solid scientifically validated information, rather than broad generalizations and superficial information everyone already knows.

    Thank you for teaching me something today!

    All the best,

    Elizabeth


    1. // Reply

      Elizabeth, you are welcome and please share my website with your friend as you encourage him to eat whole foods, including a lot of plant-based foods. All the best and thanks for dropping by.

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