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ACE Inhibitors Reduce Risk of Heart Disease

separator A study published in the June issue of Diabetes Care has shown that people with diabetes who take ACE inhibitors, which are blood pressure medications, can reduce their risk of heart disease whether they have high blood pressure or not. 

ACE inhibitors block an enzyme that causes blood vessels to constrict and tighten, which reduces flow of blood to the heart. The medication helps to relax blood vessels and improve blood flow. This is important to people with diabetes, because they have double the risk of heart disease as people who don’t have diabetes. 

Researchers in the study believe that it may be a good idea for people who are newly diagnosed with diabetes to begin taking ACE inhibitors, even if they don’t have high blood pressure. But this is not to suggest that everyone who finds out they have diabetes should expect their doctor to prescribe these drugs.

Diabetes Care, June 2004.
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