Pulse Pressure Better Than Systolic BP for Predicting Severe Diabetic Retinopathy

Source: Reuters Health

Pulse pressure (PP), the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure, is a better predictor of severe diabetic retinopathy than is systolic blood pressure, researchers from Japan report, as reported by Reuters.

“This study implies the importance of diastolic blood pressure and PP in addition to systolic blood pressure for prevention of severe eye diseases in diabetes,” Dr. Kazuya Fujihara from Niigata University Faculty of Medicine, in Niigata, told Reuters Health by email.

Hypertension is thought to be an excellent predictor of incident diabetic retinopathy, but only weak evidence supports a role for systolic blood pressure in developing severe diabetic retinopathy.

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