Study Backs Lower Blood Pressure Target for People With Diabetes

While doctors have been divided about what level of blood pressure is safe for someone with diabetes, a new study suggests that more intensive intervention is better.

During the study, people with Type 2 diabetes who received treatment to keep their blood pressure levels at 130/80 or below had fewer heart attacks, strokes and other complications. These patients also had lower overall risk of dying from any cause.

Experts differ about exactly how low the target blood pressure for a person with diabetes should be.

The American Diabetes Association suggests a goal of 140/90, or 130/80 for people at high risk, as long as it doesn’t create an “undue treatment burden.” Guidelines released in 2017 by the American Heart Association and the