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A study has found that diuretics are as effective as ACE-inhibitors and calcium channel blockers in reducing risk of a heart attack and congestive cardiac failure in diabetics. Diabetes is fast becoming a growing problem amongst Americans, particularly those over 55 and is largely underdiagnosed. Diabetes causes a reduced life expectancy through cardiovascular complications and a decreased quality of life by slowly attacking the 'end organs' of the body, i.e the eyes, kidneys, and nerves, leading to blindness, dialysis and amputation. Complications include cardiac disease, stroke, eye problems, peripheral vascular disease, peripheral neuropathy and kidney failure, which contribute to the 213,000 annual attributed deaths. Prolonged hypertension also leads to heart failure, which is easily treated with antihypertensives, of which diuretics are as useful and are less expensive than other drugs. ACE-inhibitors have long been correlated with reducing kidney disease progression in diabetic patients and are incorporated as an antihypertensive drug regime for a person with diabetes.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Senior Journal.com
About: Diuretics and diabetes
Date: 29 June 2005
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