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The correlation between blood sugar and hypertension

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Posted: Nov 13, 2008 16:55
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  • The correlation between blood sugar and hypertension

    For all the naysayers, here's another reason to get your A1C in the 5's or lower. 

    "Researchers found that those who received intensive therapy were 24% less likely to develop high blood pressure than those receiving conventional therapy.  In addition, when researchers used the full history of HbA1c measurements to summarize blood sugar control for each person, they found that each 1% HbA1c increase was associated with a 25% greater risk of hypertension." 

    That's a huge difference in my eyes.  Too bad I didn't know all this years earlier.  Seems to me that the evidence continues to stack towards blood sugar normalization and away from recommended.

    The entire article is in Diabetes in Control.   

    Doris J. Dickson

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Nov, 13, 2008 11:56 AM

    I don't know of many naysayers in my group of diabetic friends.  They all know that keeping a better control on their A1C's leads to less complications with our "glitch in life".   For some people - it's just very hard to keep a constant level of "perfect" A1C's (and I can vouch for that as I'm sure you can from time to time - we are not angels - wait - I feel my horns protruding out of my forehead again - yikes!). 

    The main thing is that we can only try our best - without letting our diabetes take over our lives - to where all you think about is "control, control, control".  For some of my friends - just having their A1C at 8 makes them happy - when before that they were up in the 13 range.  With lives up/downs, etc. if can be very difficult to maintain the lower range of BG's - but we try our best.  So, pat on the shoulder to all of us that are doing our best.

    Posted 18 Nov 2008


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