Researchers have reported that women may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if their blood pressure rises substantially over the years. These findings, which have been posted in the advance edition of the European Heart Journal, were quickly picked up by CBS News, the Associated Press and WebMD in the past twenty four hours.
David Conen, M.D., a research fellow at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Boston’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital, says “women with increasing blood pressure levels should have their blood sugar (glucose) levels monitored.”
(WebMD) Conen and colleagues studied a decade of data on more than 38,000 female health professionals in the U.S. At the study’s start, the women were at least 45 years old and didn’t have heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or other major illnesses.
Every year, the women reported their blood pressure. The researchers also checked confirmed cases of type 2 diabetes among the group. During the study period, a total of 1,672 women were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
The women were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if their blood pressure moved up one or more notches on the researchers’ list of categories:
- Optimal: systolic blood pressure below 120; diastolic blood pressure below 75
- Normal: systolic blood pressure of 120-129; diastolic blood pressure of 75-84
- High normal: systolic blood pressure of 130-139; diastolic blood pressure of 85-89
- Hypertension: systolic blood pressure of at least 140; diastolic blood pressure of at least 90
Apparently, overweight women with hypertension were the most likely to develop type 2 diabetes, although leaner women were also at risk if their blood pressure rose out of the optimal range. Age, weight, smoking, family history of diabetes, and other factors didn’t fully explain the results.
The Joslin Diabetes Center recommends that if you do have diabetes, have your blood pressure measured at every doctor’s visit, or at least once a year to avoid serious complications such as heart failure, strokes, kidney and eye disease.
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