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Certain blood pressure-lowering drugs reduce diabetes risk in Hispanic patients

environmental factors such as diet on diabetes development.

Cooper-DeHoff collaborated on the study with UF cardiologists Carl J. Pepine, M.D.; C. Richard Conti, M.D.; and Juan M. Aranda Jr. M.D., along with researchers from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba. The study was funded by grants from UF and Abbott Laboratories, for which Pepine served as a consultant. Cooper-DeHoff was on the company's speaker's bureau.

Regardless of race or ethnicity, lowering blood pressure is extremely important in reducing future cardiovascular risk, Cooper-DeHoff said.

"Even lowering blood pressure two or three millimeters of mercury is associated with significant reduction in the risk of subsequent stroke," she said. "It's very important even for those with mild hypertension to seek treatment. And if we can choose medications in Hispanic patients that reduce the risk of developing diabetes, that's an important thing for physicians prescribing blood pressure-lowering medications to keep in mind."


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Contact: Melanie Fridll Ross
ufcardiac@aol.com
352-690-7051
University of Florida
22-May-2006


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