Failing to control hypertention 'a risk' for diabetics

Failing to control hypertention 'a risk' for diabetics

Failing to control blood pressure over the long term could have serious implications for people with diabetes, according to new research.

Delaying hypertension treatment does not necessarily have consequences immediately, but over the longer term the potential for damage worsens, the researchers at University of Chicago Medical Center pointed out.

However, for those with diabetes the risks are even greater, with higher incidents of stroke, coronary heart disease, kidney failure and vision loss all cited as possible consequences.

"We ask patients with diabetes to do a billion things - to test their blood sugars, to count carbohydrates, to spend 30 minutes a day doing exercise, including cardio and weight training," explained lead study author Neda Laiterrapong. "They need time to adapt."

Last month, research published by Frank Hu of the Harvard School of Public Health indicated that night shift work is associated with an increased risk of Type-2 diabetes in women.

The risk was also found to increase the longer a person was engaged in shift work, such as nursing.

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