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Intensive blood pressure lowering does not reduce cognitive decline in people with diabetes, study finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1302 (Published 04 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1302
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Intensive blood pressure and cholesterol lowering was not associated with a reduced risk of cognitive decline in older patients (mean age 62 years) with longstanding type 2 diabetes mellitus, a study has found.

Patients with type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of decline in cognitive function, reduced brain volume, and increased white matter lesions on brain imaging, says background information given in the paper.1

Preliminary studies have indicated that intensive treatment to control blood pressure and lipid concentrations may prevent some of this cognitive decline, and the authors …

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