Data from more than 120,000 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes over 15 years found that controlling blood pressure to less than 130/80 mmHg was not associated with better survival rates, compared with those on less intensive treatment.
Researchers from Imperial College London and the University of Leicester, also found an almost three-fold increased risk of death from any cause in patients with systolic blood pressure of 110 mmHg, compared with those with a blood pressure of between 130-139/80-85 mmHg.
The study published in the BMJ, used data from patient records from 422 practices.
The researchers concluded: ‘It might be advisable to maintain blood pressure between 130-139/80-85 mm Hg, supported by other therapeutic and lifestyle interventions to improve cardiovascular outcomes in patients with diabetes.'
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'lifestyle interventions '
Not eating as much processed food and carbohydrates plus some regular exercise would help in all walks of life, not only diabetics.
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