Got High Blood Pressure? Do This Simple Home Test Today

Got High Blood Pressure? Do This Simple Home Test Today

Hello! Well if you’ve got high blood
pressure, there’s a specific test that I would like you to perform on yourself like
today (if you haven’t been diagnosed with this condition already) The reason for
this is; high blood pressure is strongly associated with this condition and
there’s a very good chance that even if you’ve got mild hypertension that you
probably have this condition. You may just not know it. But don’t you worry
because I’m gonna give you a live demonstration on how to actually perform
this test on yourself at home what am I talking about? Well, you stay
tuned and I’ll see you in a couple of seconds. Welcome back.
I’m Dr Joe of Now, if this is your first time on this channel,
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of future videos that I make. So today’s topic is about insulin resistance and
high blood pressure and I cannot believe I’ve not spoken to you about this before
because this is so important. In fact what we call essential hypertension;
some people feel we should stop calling it essential hypertension because essential
hypertension means hypertension of unknown cause and some people now
believe that actually what we call essential hypertension is actually due
to insulin resistance. Because of the close relationship between insulin
resistance and high blood pressure. Why do some people think that insulin
resistance is the reason we develop high blood pressure? It’s because when you got
insulin resistance you’re going to have high insulin circulating in your blood
and when you got high insulin circulating in your blood, the tendency is
that your kidney is gonna reabsorb a lot of the sodium back into circulation. Of
course, when sodium is absorbed water follows and then of course your blood
pressure rises. Another reason is that if you’ve got this hyperinsulinemia
which is high insulin circulating your blood for a long time; that also leads to
fat deposition on the walls of our arteries. When that happens, of course,
the arteries harden up. They become inelastic and then of course high blood
pressure as well. So, that’s the reason why that relationship actually exists
between insulin resistance and high blood pressure. So, what I want us to do
today is I want us to screen ourselves we need to self-screen ourselves for insulin resistance mainly because insulin resistance does not
actually produce any symptoms. So you might have insulin resistance and you
don’t know that you actually have it. But if you’ve got high blood pressure then
it makes absolute sense that you should screen yourself for insulin resistance
because you can actually do it with a simple home test and I’m going to
demonstrate that for you today. Now all you need is a simple tool. This is it.
That’s a glucometer. This is the one I have in the house
and I will encourage you to get one for yourself because we need to screen
ourselves for insulin resistance. Because if you’ve got insulin resistance what’s
gonna happen is; you’re also going to have high levels of blood sugar. So, if
you’ve got high blood sugar then there’s a very good chance you’ve got
insulin resistance especially when you’ve got high blood pressure. So that’s
why we’re going to screen ourselves with this simple tool here. It’s a glucometer.
This is a glucometer and I like this one because it’s a 3-in-1 one.
You’ve got the The Lancet there. You’ve got a test strip right underneath there
and then you’ve got the glucose meter itself. So, I’m just going to test
myself to demonstrate. Now, what I want you to do is a FASTING blood sugar. So,
you wake up in the morning, you haven’t had anything to eat or drink. Get one of
these. I’m going to leave links in the video description. You pick up one of
these for yourselves So you wake up in the morning. Nothing to eat
or drink. Test your blood sugar and that one is called a FASTING blood sugar okay
and it should be less than 5.6 or 100 mg/dl
depending on where you live. Okay so let me test myself and see what my fasting
is gonna be this morning. So, this is the tool. I’m just gonna turn it on okay. I’ve
just turned it on okay. It’s been turned on now. So, I’m just gonna prick myself. I
don’t like this. It’s painful but I’ve gotta do it. Ouch! So, just gonna squeeze
out a little bit of blood. Sometimes it doesn’t flow very well. You might need to
prick yourself again…this one is I think I didn’t do a good prick there. So, let’s
go for this right. So this is the sample of blood okay. So, I’m just going to put
that onto the test trip. That white thing there is a
test strip. So we just wait a couple of seconds and we’re gonna see what the
readings gonna be like. **Sings** So, mine is 4.8 this morning okay.
Okay, so this is my fasting this morning So long as it’s less than 5.6, you’re
fine. Now, that 4.8 is actually high for me because I tend to run between 4.0 to
about 4.6 but of course I’m doing this presentation so that comes with a little bit of
stress and that also shows you that stress can actually raise your blood sugar
levels. That 4.8, the equivalent of that in mg/dl is 86.4 because you just need to multiply it by
18 and you get it in mg/dl but that is still normal. So long as you get in readings of below 5.6 mmol/l or less than a 100 mg/dl you are
fine. That is normal. Let me just give you some more clarification on how to
interpret the results. So, how do you interpret result? Well do not panic. It’s
very simple and I’m gonna give you a clear guidance right now. So, when you
pricked yourself and the blood glucose monitor gave you a result that is less
than 5.6 mmol/l this is the unit that is used in Europe
or less than 100 mg/dl this is the unit that is used
mostly in North America. If you got either of those results less than 5.6 or less than 100, then you’re fine. You’ve got a normal fasting blood
sugar. But if on the other hand the reading you got when you pricked yourself
and the Machine gave you a reading of between 5.6 – 6.9 mmol/l or if in North America or whatever country you are in
that uses mg/dl. If the Machine gave you a remove between 100 –
125, that is not a normal result. That means you’ve got pre-diabetes
okay. You’ve got pre-diabetes. Now we’re gonna take things it’ll be further. If
the result you got when you pricked yourself is 7 mmol/l or
higher or you got 126 mg/dl or higher that’s the
equivalent of 7, then to all intents and purposes, you’ve got Type 2 diabetes.
This is a fasting blood sugar okay. Just a reminder we’re talking about fasting
blood sugar. So, if your fasting is between 5.6 – 6.9 mmol/l or between 100 to 125 mg/dl then you’ve
got pre-diabetes and if it is more than 7 mmol/l or 126 mg/dl or higher, then of course you go Frank Type 2 diabetes.
Now, the distinction between Type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes is mainly
purely academic. Obviously the Type 2 diabetes is worse than the pre-diabetes
but essentially the management of both conditions is the same. So, what next?
Well, what you should do is; actually book an appointment to see a doctor to confirm
the result and I can almost guarantee that the result is probably going to be
the same and after that what you do next well you have a chat with your doctor as
to the plan going forward. So, that is that you can actually run an insulin
resistance tests on yourself at home It’s very simple. All you need is a kit
and you’re good to go. Now, I’m going to leave links down below down there for
you to pick up this kit. So that you run this test on yourself. Now one more thing.
You need to run this test on 2 separate occasions on 2 separate days.
So you wake up in the morning. Nothing to eat or drink on two separate days. 2
separate mornings: do this test on yourself and if you’re getting high levels, then of
course, you’ve got insulin resistance. It’s as simple as that.
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Dr Joe actually signing out

25 Replies to “Got High Blood Pressure? Do This Simple Home Test Today”

  1. You can pick up this blood glucose monitor through the links below:

    Check it out here:

    If in the UK, go here:

  2. The body is a synergy of events. Thanks for speaking on the relationship btw blood sugar and hi blood pressure. YOU ARE AWESOME!!

  3. Personally I think you can have IR with lower fasting bg. Surely you need to test what your bg rises to and how long it takes to return to normal levels after eating a high carb meal. I had hbp with fasting bg of 4.8 but when I tested what my bg rose to after eating carby meal I was shocked at it rising to 12 or more. After changing my diet and incorporating longer overnight fasting I no longer have hbp. I'm convinced it was due to insulin resistance.

  4. Hi Dr Joe some times my BS is below 100 but mostly 100 to 110 some times 120 to 122
    All depends on how late I ate and what I ate
    I try to have my last meal before 7pm and very low carb

  5. Hi Doc good to see you. ..please doc my P/ B is killing me of late when I go to the doctor don't know what to do. ..

  6. Hi again doc! Your bg came out ok & in the moringa episode, your bp readings came out perfect too, although you kept saying "not too bad'!! So why do you keep saying you have hypertension 🙂 ? Or do you get these good readings bcoz u take meds?

    Coming to IR, whatever I understood so far in my research is that its possible that your BG is OK, but that is only because your insulin is higher than it shud be. IOW, your body needs more insulin to keep the BG level normal. This is true IR, since measuring just FBS can mislead one to believe all's well. The second and more important reading is really the HbA1c, but that's really the second level measurement. Its a bit of a leap to extrapolate IR from FBS reading, no?

  7. I've got hbp , diabetes , and still losing weight . When I was 155 I was fine but started losing weight rapidly and Walla Diabetic !! I hate it but need angioplasty so I have to get it together in 2 weeks time diet and all . I can do it 😮

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