Hypertension in Elderly Diabetic Subjects
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- Safar, M.E. Curr Cardiovasc Risk Rep (2013) 7: 315. doi:10.1007/s12170-013-0335-8
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Diabetes and hypertension often coexist and their association consistently favors cardiovascular disease (CVD) and chronic renal disease. Control of blood pressure to a level of 140/90 mm Hg in people with diabetes can prevent or at least delay CVD and chronic kidney disease. In the past, treatment guidelines have stressed tight blood pressure control (±130/80) for people with diabetes. These recommendations have not been constantly supported by recent large randomized control trials, especially in the elderly. Here we review the recent literature regarding the benefits of blood pressure control in elderly patients with diabetes mellitus. We further focus on evidence for specific recommendations in this population subset.