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High blood pressure is linked to increased risk of diabetes

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 30 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5167
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

People with high blood pressure have an almost 60% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, shows a study of more than four million people published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.1

Hypertension has long been recognised as an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events, but the relationship between blood pressure and the risk of new onset diabetes is less clear.

The researchers looked at the health records of 4.1 million patients free from vascular disease and diabetes in the UK Clinical …

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