A recent study has shown that lowering blood pressure can greatly lower the risk of many Type 2 diabetes complications. More than 100,000 patients with diabetes were tested on the said study, undergoing 40 trials for data analysis. It was revealed that people with diabetes are more prone and vulnerable to hypertension effects as compared to those who have no diabetes. Before the study was conducted, the belief was that a systolic blood pressure of 140 millimetres of mercury is what diabetic people should strive for. The recent study showed that having 130 millimetres or lower will be much beneficial.
The study which was published in JAMA showed that the 10 point reduction from the 140 standard was linked with a 13 percent reduction when it comes to death risk. It was revealed that the risk of having a coronary heart disease was lowered by 12 percent, while the risk of getting a stroke was reduced by a staggering 26 percent. The 10-point lowering in millimetres was also shown to be linked with lower chances of having retinopathy (a disease that causes blindness to diabetic people) by as much as 13 percent. What’s more, there was a 17 percent reduction of albuminuria risk. Albuminuria refers to having too much protein in the urine, a sure sign of kidney problems.
Dr. Kazem Rahimi, the co-author of the said study and Oxford associate professor of cardiovascular medicine stated that aiming for a level even lower than 130 will be more effective is still not known. Though he said that if a person with diabetes has a reading of 135 and is not following the proper medication for high blood pressure, then they are likely to benefit from aiming a number lower than 130.
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