ACE Inhibitors Reduce Risk of Heart Disease
study published in the June issue of Diabetes
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.
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
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.