I am a 74 year old woman with Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, take medicine for my thyroid and cholesterol. My doctor just conducted blood work & said my A1C is 6.7; liver & kidneys are fine; my eyes are healthy (was recently checked by an ophthalmologist
); but doctor said my sodium levels are low and that I should not drink more than two or three glasses
of water a day (if 8 oz. glasses - he didn't specify quantity) this would be 18 oz. per day.
Also, I had been taking thyroid medicine (levothyroxine) of 75 mcg, but the previous doctor had (and I don't know why she did so) reduced it to 50 mcg. My new doctor upped the dosage back to 75.
My blood pressure readings - and I have a monitor at home - can range anywhere from sometimes 150/84 with heart rate of 69 or 61, or 59, to 103/51 with h.rate of 52. I understand the heart rate shouldn't be below 55.
He has also put me on calcium
pills & I take Actonel once a week.
Mostly I feel well and since being diagnosed with hypertension & diabetes in the late 1980's (don't know when my thyroid began needing medicine) and I don't appear to have any complications from these conditions (no neuropathy). I usually sleep well, though my balance is somewhat off & mental "competence" has lessened a little - this could be due to low sodium plus too low dose of thyroid med.
I know I get forgetful when busy and distracted, searching something I just had in my hand a moment ago" - but this is par for the course when getting a bit older. I stay busy & active, enjoy reading, computer socializing with friends, active in my church community.
My question is I just read online 'New studies show risk of heart disease & stroke begins to increase at lower blood pressure than previously believed. Health experts (have) lowered acceptable normal range to promote aggressive & earlier treatment of high blood press." Huh?? I thought the risk was greater the higher one's B.P.!
Final information: I watch what I eat & try to keep (for the most part, occasionally go "off the rails"). Have never smoked (but my husband who died in 1999 was a two pack a day smoker & his father smoked when we spent holidays/weekends with them a few times a year). My father smoked - he rolled his own cigarettes - & developed adult onset type 2 diabetes later in life. My lungs seem to be healthy though it bothers me to be around smokers, therefore I avoid them. Don't exercise enough but am making it a point to increase aerobic exercise.
Sorry this is long but would like your feedback.