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Blood pressure targets for type 2 diabetes should be lower, say researchers

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 11 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h749
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Recent changes to guidelines on lowering blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes should be reconsidered to reinstate the lower target level, researchers have said in JAMA after carrying out a meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials.1

They concluded that people with diabetes who reached a systolic blood pressure below 130 mm Hg had a 25% lower risk of stroke than those with higher blood pressure levels and also had a lower risk of retinopathy and albuminuria.

Until recently most guidelines recommended that people with type 2 diabetes should have …

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