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Doctors should be more aggressive in treating hypertension in diabetic patients

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:304
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Many people with diabetes do not meet national recommendations for keeping their blood pressure under control, probably because doctors are not aggressive enough in treating hypertension in these patients.

    “Our findings emphasise how clinicians need to be more aggressive in their management of blood pressure in diabetic patients with hypertension,” said Dr Dan Berlowitz of Bedford VA Hospital in Massachusetts, one of the authors of a new study examining the treatment of hypertension in people with diabetes (Diabetes Care 2003;26:355-9).

    The researchers examined the medical records of 800 male veterans with hypertension. They compared the intensity …

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