A new study suggests that reduction of blood pressure may cut down the risk of death for people suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is a life threatening disease caused by high levels of sugar in the blood and scientists said that death rates could be cut by around one-fifth if patients took a combination of two blood pressure lowering drugs.
People having Type 2 diabetes face a high risk of suffering from many serious complications including heart disease, blindness, nerve damage and kidney damage.
The four-year study of 11,000 people with Type 2 diabetes shows that patients get benefits from the blood pressure lowering treatment, irrespective of whether the patient has got high blood pressure or not, reported the online edition of Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) News.
“We got a 10 percent proportional reduction in the risk of having a serious complication and almost double that reduction in the risk of dying from a serious event like a stroke or a heart attack,” Bruce Neal, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Sydney said.
He said that while it is obvious that lowering blood pressure has a number of health benefits, what is not obvious is that people who do not have high blood pressure would get the benefit.