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[IP] Beta Blockers and Diabetes

Beta Blockers And Diabetes
Taking common blood pressure drugs may increase your risk of developing
diabetes.  In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine,
researchers from Johns Hopkins looked at 12,550 patients aged 45 to 64. 
They found that those patients with high blood pressure who took beta
blockers had a 28 percent greater risk for diabetes than patients who took
nothing for their hypertension.  The researchers did not find any greater
diabetes risk among patients who took other classes of blood pressure
medications, such as ACE inhibitors and calcium channel blockers, compared
to patients who took no medication. However, the study finds that people
with high blood pressure overall are 2.5 times more likely to develop type
2 diabetes than people with normal blood pressure, The Associated Press
reports. The researchers say they do not recommend giving up on beta
blockers as a treatment for hypertension, but they say doctors whose
patients are on these drugs should watch them carefully for diabetes.  The
study was 

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summaries are not intended to provide advice on personal medical matters,
nor are they intended to be a substitute for consultation with a physician.

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