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Diabetes

07 July 2010

Are blood pressure goals for diabetics too tough?

Aggressively controlling blood pressure in diabetics with heart disease may do little to reduce their risks of dying early and may even be dangerous, US researchers said.

Aggressively controlling blood pressure in diabetics with heart disease may do little to reduce their risks of dying early and may even be dangerous, US researchers said on Tuesday.

"Clearly, patients and doctors work very hard to get diabetic patients' blood pressure to less than 130. Our data would suggest maybe we can stop at two drugs instead of three. And maybe we can spend a little more time talking about diet and exercise and cholesterol," Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff of the University of Florida and colleagues wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

 

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