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Blood Pressure in Diabetes: Multiple Drugs Needed to Attain Lower Goals


For the 11 million Americans who have both diabetes and hypertension, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has suggested lowering the goal of blood pressure treatment to 130/80 mm Hg. Intensive control of blood pressure in these patients has been shown to reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, regardless of which antihypertensive agents are used for first-line therapy. However, treatment with more than one medication is usually required to reach goal, and evidence indicates that multidrug therapy is more beneficial than single agents alone.


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