Blood Pressure Treatment Lacking in People With Diabetes

| May 1, 2003

With clinical trials demonstrating the importance of tight blood pressure control for people with diabetes, you'd expect that those individuals would be receiving intensive treatment for high blood pressure. In most cases, however, you'd be wrong.

Researchers in Massachusetts collected two years' worth of detailed information from medical records of 800 male veterans with high blood pressure. Among the 274 veterans with diabetes and hypertension, 73 percent had blood pressure greater than 140/90 mmHg, compared with only 66 percent of the 526 men with hypertension who did not have diabetes.

Those with diabetes also received significantly less intensive medication therapy to help lower blood pressure than individuals without diabetes. "Less intensive therapy in diabetic patients could not be explained by clinicians being distracted by the treatment for diabetes," the researchers note.

Diabetes Care, February 2003

Clinical adviser's note: The 2003 Clinical Practice Recommendations of the American Diabetes Association advise a blood pressure goal of less than 130/80 mmHg for adults with diabetes.

Click Here To View Or Post Comments

Categories: Diabetes, Diabetes, Heart Care & Heart Disease


Take the Diabetes Health Pump Survey
See What's Inside
Read this FREE issue now
For healthcare professionals only
  • What's on the Horizon with Diabetes Research and Therapy
See the entire table of contents here!

You can view the current or previous issues of Diabetes Health online, in their entirety, anytime you want.
Click Here To View

See if you qualify for our free healthcare professional magazines. Click here to start your application for Pre-Diabetes Health, Diabetes Health Pharmacist and Diabetes Health Professional.

Learn More About the Professional Subscription

Free Diabetes Health e-Newsletter

Latest
Popular
Top Rated
Print | Email | Share | Comments (0)

You May Also Be Interested In...


Comments


Add your comments about this article below. You can add comments as a registered user or anonymously. If you choose to post anonymously your comments will be sent to our moderator for approval before they appear on this page. If you choose to post as a registered user your comments will appear instantly.

When voicing your views via the comment feature, please respect the Diabetes Health community by refraining from comments that could be considered offensive to other people. Diabetes Health reserves the right to remove comments when necessary to maintain the cordial voice of the diabetes community.

For your privacy and protection, we ask that you do not include personal details such as address or telephone number in any comments posted.

Don't have your Diabetes Health Username? Register now and add your comments to all our content.

Have Your Say...


Username: Password:
Comment:
©1991-2014 Diabetes Health | Home | Privacy | Press | Advertising | Help | Contact Us | Donate | Sitemap

Diabetes Health Medical Disclaimer

The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images, and information, contained on or available through this website is for general information purposes only. Opinions expressed here are the opinions of writers, contributors, and commentators, and are not necessarily those of Diabetes Health. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.