Hypertension makes women three times as likely to develop diabetes

Wed, 10 Oct 2007
According to new research, women who suffer from high blood pressure are almost three times as likely to develop diabetes as those who have normal levels of blood pressure.

Those women who face worsening blood pressure also face a greater risk of the disease. The findings were reported in a study published by the European Heart Journal . The disease is also growing rapidly amongst women, the study authors concluded.

The lead author of the study, David Conen, who is a research fellow at Harvard Medical School in Boston, reportedly commented: "Women with increasing blood pressure levels should have their blood glucose levels monitored."

The team examined data from over 38,000 women. The researchers pointed out that the root cause of both diseases could be the malfunctioning of cells within the blood vessels. Conen reportedly concluded: "none of the cardiovascular risk factors should be looked at individually. The combination of all risk factors should be used to make treatment decisions."
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