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People with diabetes fail to improve blood pressure control

April 10, 2012

Figures suggest that almost half of people with diabetes do not meet their blood pressure goals.

There has been little improvement in the management of high blood pressure among people with diabetes, new research suggests.

Diabetes UK looked at figures obtained during the National Diabetes Audit and found that the percentage of people with diabetes who met their blood pressure goals barely increased between 2008-09 and 2009-10, from 50 per cent to 50.7 per cent.

This means that of the 2.9 million people with diabetes in the UK, more than 1.4 million have high blood pressure, thereby increasing their risk of cardiovascular disease and kidney failure.

Barbara Young, the charity's chief executive, expressed concern at the findings.

She said: "Given the link between blood pressure and diabetes-related complications such as stroke, kidney failure and heart disease, it is extremely worrying that half of people with diabetes have high blood pressure."

She added that people with diabetes should be aware of their blood pressure and make reducing it one of their top priorities.

An earlier survey by Diabetes UK, published in November 2011, revealed that one in four people with diabetes had not received a foot check in the previous 12 months, while 22 per cent had not had a blood or urine test to monitor their kidney function.

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