Tight Blood Pressure Control Benefits Type 2 Diabetes: Study

A new study[1] published in Hypertension, the journal of the American Heart Association, suggests that more intensive blood pressure control[2] is better for people with type 2 diabetes.

Professional guidelines on blood pressure goals in diabetes differ: The American Diabetes Association suggests a goal of[3] 140/90 or, for people at high risk, 130/80 provided it doesn’t cause an “undue treatment burden,” while the a href=”https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/04/29/study-backs-lower-blood-pressure-guidelines-for-people-with-diabetes” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recommend a goal of 130/80.

The new study evaluated roughly 11,000 people with type 2 diabetes[4] in 20 countries over four years, finding that those who received the blood pressure drugs perindopril and indapamide to keep their blood pressure levels at or below 130/80 had fewer heart attacks, strokes and other complications than those receiving placebo (inactive treatment). They also had a “lower overall risk of dying from any cause.”

“Our findings demonstrate a benefit of more intensive therapy aiming for blood pressure thresholds at 130/80 or below and should help resolve some ongoing confusion over optimal blood pressure targets for people with diabetes,” said senior study investigator[5] J. Bill McEvoy, MB, BCH, MHS.

Want to learn more about diabetes and blood pressure? Read “High Blood Pressure and Diabetes”[6] and “Seven Little-Known Steps for Lowering Your Blood Pressure.”[7]

  1. A new study: https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.12414
  2. suggests that more intensive blood pressure control: https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/04/29/study-backs-lower-blood-pressure-guidelines-for-people-with-diabetes
  3. suggests a goal of: http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/37/1/11
  4. type 2 diabetes: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/diabetes-resources/definitions/type-2-diabetes/
  5. said senior study investigator: http://newsroom.heart.org/news/more-intensive-blood-pressure-therapy-helps-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-regardless-of-cardiovascular-risk
  6. “High Blood Pressure and Diabetes”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/managing-diabetes/complications-prevention/the-pressure-is-on/
  7. “Seven Little-Known Steps for Lowering Your Blood Pressure.”: https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/seven-little-known-steps-for-lowering-your-blood-pressure/

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Diane Fennell: Diane Fennell has been an editor at Diabetes Self-Management magazine since 2003. She is currently the Editorial Director. (Diane Fennell is not a medical professional.)

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