Diabetics should keep their blood pressure down

Sat, 10 Jul 2010
People that suffer from diabetes are being recommended to try and maintain their blood pressure at a low level, as a way of reducing heart problems resulting from diabetes. Diabetics are more prone to cardiovascular diseases and problems like high blood pressure.

Research undertaken over a five-year period on 6,400 diabetics with heart disease by at the University of Florida was used to evaluate the blood pressure guidelines. Recent guidelines have stated that diabetics should keep the systolic number of their blood pressure below 130, even though the normal level is 120.

However, there was little difference found between the tight control and moderate control groups in the study, with the results showing that patients with diabetes who had blood pressure below 140 and those who kept theirs under 130 managed equally well. In the tight control group, the risk of death from any cause was actually higher, at 22.8 per cent, compared with 21.8 per cent in the moderate control group.

The study suggested that, in order to keep this level correct, people with the metabolic condition should have right diet intake and do exercise regularly. The American Medical Association has found no benefit from taking different medications for the two problems, but recommended that blood pressure should be kept below 130.
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