Maggie was diagnosed with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes in her late 30s. She started taking a blood pressure lowering medicine straight away and managed her blood sugar levels through diet and exercise, hiring a personal trainer at a local gym. Her blood pressure was controlled on that medicine for six years. She exercised regularly and was at her fittest and lowest weight during this time.
At 45, Maggie had a hysterectomy. Soon after, her blood pressure increased and became uncontrolled. Her GP switched her to a combination of two blood pressure lowering drugs.