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Study reinforces link between blood pressure and diabetes


People with high blood pressure have an almost 60 per cent greater chance of developing diabetes, according to a study released today.

Although the link has been previously accepted, this adds to our understanding.

Study author Professor Kazem Rahimi, Deputy Director of the George Institute for Global Health UK, said: “We can’t say for certain that one causes the other, but this study helps to connect the dots, showing that if you have high blood pressure there is a significantly greater chance of developing diabetes.”

Its release coincided withWorld Heart Day, on 29 September, an annual day on which charities raise awareness of heart disease and stroke.

Reinforced link

Dr Richard Elliott, Diabetes UK Research Communications Manager, said, “We already know that you are more at risk of Type 2 diabetes if you have ever had high blood pressure, a heart attack or a stroke.

“The results of this large study reinforce this link. We know that the best way to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes is to maintain a healthy weight by eating a healthy balanced diet and taking part in regular physical activity.”

Professor Rahimi said researchers could now examine the causal relationship between blood pressure and diabetes.

“At a minimum we know for certain that the link exists, but is high blood pressure a cause of diabetes or just a risk factor? We still don’t know,” he said.

The study has been published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and was based on the health records of 4.1 million adults in the UK who were initially free of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

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