Our expert says:
Thanks for your query. I note that you are 45 and somewhat underweight. It is perfectly normal for heart rates to fluctuate, especially in younger people who tend to be anxious. Missed beats also commonly occur in people with perfectly normal hearts and are nothing to be concerned about. Your other symptoms also sound like they are due to anxiety.
Even though you may have high blood pressure and be on medication, you do not need to take your blood pressure every day! My advice would be to stop checking your blood pressure and heart rate and rhythm so frequently. It just creates unnecessary anxiety.
It very unlikely that you have diabetes Your father had type I diabetes, which is not an inherited type of diabetes, and you are young and underweight. However, if you are worried, any chemist should be able to check your blood sugar at very low cost.
I realize you are not on medical aid but my advice would be to go to see a general practitioner who can assess the whole problem for you. I suspect most of your symptoms are due to anxiety and/or stress. I hope things go better.
Best wishes, JT
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