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Blood Pressure Medication May Be Harmful to Some Diabetic Patients

Feb 29, 2016

Blood Pressure Medication May Be Harmful to Some Diabetic Patients According to a new study, patients with type 2 diabetes may not benefit from intense blood-lowering medication, but actually may be doing harm by taking the medicine. Research conducted at the Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine at Umea University in Sweden, by Mattias Brunstrom revealed that antihypertensive drugs may increase the risk of cardiovascular death for diabetic patients if there is a systolic blood pressure under 140 mm/Hg, Medical News Today reports.

A normal blood pressure is important in the prevention of diabetes complications and is as important as maintaining a good blood sugar level, according to WebMD.

Nearly 1 in 2 people in the United States have hypertension, or high blood pressure, and many of millions of Americans diagnosed with diabetes also struggle with high blood pressure. These individuals have a higher risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular issues. The American Diabetes Association recommends a systolic blood pressure goal of less than 140 mm/Hg for patients with type 2 diabetes, while a target of less than 130 mm/Hg is advised for some patients, if it can be managed safely.

The research team performed an analysis of 49 randomized controlled tests involving 73,738 participants checking the cardiovascular results of people with diabetes taking blood pressure-lowering medication. The majority of subjects had type 2 diabetes and were tracked for a minimum of 12 months.

The researchers found that participants with blood pressure higher than 140 mm/Hg before treatment had a reduced risk of stroke, heart attack, and heart failure. Among participants with blood pressure lower than 140 mm/Hg prior to antihypertensive treatment, no cardiovascular benefits were established. These subjects were found to have a greater risk of cardiovascular death, reports Medical News Today.

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