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Blood pressure tablets link to diabetes

Medications used to treat high blood pressure have come under scrutiny for possibly causing diabetes. 

Research presented at a conference in Barcelona has suggested that newer blood pressure medications such as calcium channel blockers and ACE inhibitors are less likely to cause diabetes than other drugs, known as beta blockers.

"High blood pressure is both a risk factor and a complication of diabetes, so people should not stop taking their medication without seeing a doctor," said Amanda Eden, Care Advisor for Diabetes UK.

"Healthcare professionals should be aware of this potential link between beta blockers and diabetes. 

"Other risk factors for diabetes include waist size, weight, age, family history and ethnicity.

"When it comes to the prevention of diabetes, factors such as an active lifestyle and a healthy diet are essential in reducing the risk."


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