Blood Pressure Boosts Heart Health in Diabetes
When it comes to heart health, people with type 2 diabetes can reap great rewards by controlling their blood pressure. Researchers followed 8,494 patients with longstanding type 2 diabetes who had previously participated in a clinical trial where they focused on either intensive glucose lowering or intensive blood pressure control—or receive standard care for each. About six years after that trial ended, the participants who had been in the strict blood pressure group had a 9 percent lower risk of dying from any cause and a 12 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease during the study than those who received standard care. Blood glucose control did not affect these outcomes. But don’t let your glucose control slip: The study also found that good blood glucose control cut the risk of kidney failure by half.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published online Sept. 23, 2014