Diabetes and hypertension - double trouble

Pat J Phillips, Philip Popplewell, Lindon Wing

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    About 70% of Australians with type 2 diabetes also have hypertension, which further increases their already raised coronary risk. Patient outcomes are optimised by a step approach to controlling blood pressure while also managing glycaemia.

    Key Points
    Approximately 70% of Australians with type 2 diabetes have the ‘double trouble’ of diabetes and hypertension. In 75% of these patients, hypertension is untreated or uncontrolled.
    Type 2 diabetes is associated with the same coronary risk as having had a myocardial infarct as well as increased risks of renal and eye damage.
    Studies have shown decreasing cardiovascular risk with decreasing blood pressure and that certain hypotensive agents have advantages in particular situations.
    Treating to target (under 130/85 mmHg) and a step approach optimises patient outcomes.
    Diabetes management is now directed to the ABCss of diabetes care: control of HbA1c, Blood pressure and Cholesterol, quitting Smoking and using Salicylates.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)32-45
    Number of pages14
    JournalMedicine Today
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2003


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