Blood Pressure Goal of 140 to 150 mm Hg Is Best for Patients with Diabetes


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Am Fam Physician. 2016 Jul 1;94(1):59a-60.

Clinical Question

What is the appropriate antihypertensive treatment goal for patients with diabetes mellitus?

Bottom Line

Although most recent practice guidelines have relaxed the blood pressure goals for patients with diabetes, there are still a few holdouts that suggest aggressive treatment. This analysis shows that the ideal range for hypertension control in patients with diabetes is between 140 and 150 mm Hg; higher or lower sustained blood pressures increase mortality, the so-called J-curve. (Level of Evidence = 1a)


These researchers searched four databases, including the Cochrane Central library, identifying 49 studies enrolling 73,738 participants with (mostly type 2) diabetes who were treated

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