High Blood Pressure Increases Diabetes Risk in Women

Posted: February 1, 2008 in Health
Women who have high blood pressure are up to three times more likely to develop
type 2 diabetes than women with low blood pressure. That finding comes from a
10-year follow up of 38,172 women who did not have diabetes or heart disease
during the initial 1993 study. The women were divided into four groups
representing various blood pressure levels. A total of 1,672 women from the
established high blood pressure group developed type 2 diabetes. Researchers
 from Harvard Medical School then adjusted for various factors such as age,
ethnicity and lifestyle and found that women with high blood pressure
had three times the risk of developing diabetes then women with optimal
blood pressure. Women with increasing blood pressure or who
had progressed to hypertension during the study also had an increased
risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to those with stable or decreasing
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