Diabetes BP targets being missed by half of those with condition

Half of people with diabetes are not meeting BP treatment targets, analysis by Diabetes UK has shown.

Dame Barbara Young: 'We are in danger of high BP becoming the norm in people with diabetes.'
Dame Barbara Young: 'We are in danger of high BP becoming the norm in people with diabetes.'

Diabetes UK analysed data from the National Diabetes Audit to show that just 50.7% of people with diabetes met their BP target.

Diabetes UK chief executive Dame Barbara Young said BP control needed to be one of the top health priorities for people with diabetes.

‘Given the link between BP and diabetes-related complications such as stroke, kidney failure and heart disease, it is extremely worrying that half of people with diabetes have high BP,’ she said.

‘We are in danger of high BP becoming the norm in people with this condition and this is one of the reasons they are experiencing record rates of stroke and kidney failure and are dying years younger than the rest of the population.’

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