High Blood Pressure May be Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Thursday October 22, 2015
A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology highlighted a link between high blood pressure (BP) and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The researchers analyzed the electronic health record data of 4.1 million adults aged 30 to 90 years in the United Kingdom through a meta-analysis of prospective studies that reported relative risks of new-onset diabetes per unit of systolic blood pressure (SBP). The findings indicated that a 20 mm Hg increase in SBP was associated with a 60% higher risk of new-onset diabetes. The strength of the association declined with increasing body mass index and age. The findings suggest that efforts to lower BP may also lower incidence of T2D; however, further research is necessary to determine if the link between BP and T2D is causal. 

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