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Fear of a chronic illness

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I know most fear a sudden illness like cancer or heart attack, I fear those too. But lately I've also been fearing a chronic illness like high blood pressure or diabetes. Both run in my family and even though I'm at a healthy weight I worry as i get older how I would manage my anxiety with it. Anxiety makes your blood pressure go up anyways, so if i get high blood pressure i will spend my days obsessing about it I'm sure, checking it all the time. I really need to nip that anxiety in the bud once and for all and I also fear my anxiety being lifelong thing. My aunt has horrible anxiety, has tried to commit suicide twice, been in a mental hospital and now draws a disability check because of it. I dont want that to be me.
 

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I know most fear a sudden illness like cancer or heart attack, I fear those too. But lately I've also been fearing a chronic illness like high blood pressure or diabetes. Both run in my family and even though I'm at a healthy weight I worry as i get older how I would manage my anxiety with it. Anxiety makes your blood pressure go up anyways, so if i get high blood pressure i will spend my days obsessing about it I'm sure, checking it all the time. I really need to nip that anxiety in the bud once and for all and I also fear my anxiety being lifelong thing. My aunt has horrible anxiety, has tried to commit suicide twice, been in a mental hospital and now draws a disability check because of it. I dont want that to be me.
Hi Mandah. Don't know how old you are but the best thing you've got going is that you're at a healthy weight. Type I diabetes is often hereditary but I don't believe Type II is. Generally it comes along with obesity. And yes, you'd probably burn through some blood pressure monitors if you got high blood pressure. But even if you got it they've got good medications to control it.
Sure sorry that your aunt has suffered so much.
 
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I wouldn’t worry about the high blood pressure thing too much. I know some of the basics you can do the keep it low is avoid salty foods, excercise, maintain a healthy weight. All of those things are just kind of healthy life style habits anyway lol. I’ve noticed that I get anxiety going to the doc so sometimes my bp will be high at a check up and other times it won’t be. I think it’s called “white coat syndrome” or something like that when you raise your blood pressure just be being in a doctor office.
 
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