Diabetes and Hypertension
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80% of patients with type 2 diabetes die from cardiovascular disease. This reflects an excess in cardiovascular risk up to five fold compared to non diabetic individuals.
In the last fifteen years several trials have confirmed that tight blood pressure control significantly reduces vascular risk. In the UKPDS, a mean blood pressure reduction of 10/5mmHg reduced all diabetes endpoints by 24%, diabetes related deaths by 32% and the risk of developing microvascular disease by 37%.1 Unfortunately under-diagnosis and under-treatment of hypertension in the UK remain widespread.
- Authors: G Magee, SJ Hunter & PM Bell
- Keywords: Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular risk.
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