You can take beta blockers if you have diabetes, but talk to your doctor.

It is very important to control your blood pressure if you have diabetes. Try to lower your systolic (top number) blood pressure by 10 mm Hg. This can lower your risk of death due to diabetes. It can also reduce your risk of heart attack and other heart problems.

One type of beta blockers may be good for diabetics. They are called vasodilating beta blockers. Examples include carvedilol and nebivolol. If you do take one of these, you have to carefully watch your blood sugar levels. This is especially true if you are on insulin or oral diabetes medicine. Beta blockers may hide symptoms of low blood sugar.

Each person reacts to medicine in their own way. Be sure to tell your doctor about all your medicines and medical conditions before you start on beta blockers. Tell your doctor at once if you have new symptoms or if your blood sugar level changes.

Keep yourself safe – tell your doctor what you take!