Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Communities Faced Significant Disparities in Mental, Physical Health During Pandemic
September 20, 2022 08:05pm
By Erin Hunter, Assistant Editor
A recent study published in theJournal of the American College of Cardiologyhighlighted a link between high blood pressure (BP) and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The researchers analyzed the electronic health record data of 4.1 million adults aged 30 to 90 years in the United Kingdom through a meta-analysis of prospective studies that reported relative risks of new-onset diabetes per unit of systolic blood pressure (SBP). The findings indicated that a 20 mm Hg increase in SBP was associated with a 60% higher risk of new-onset diabetes. The strength of the association declined with increasing body mass index and age. The findings suggest that efforts to lower BP may also lower incidence of T2D; however, further research is necessary to determine if the link between BP and T2D is causal.