Frequent Doctor Visits Help Diabetics Control Blood Pressure

(HealthDay News) Frequent doctor visits may help diabetics get their high blood pressure back to normal faster, a new study says.

Current guidelines suggest that patients with high blood pressure return for doctor visits within a month, but patients often wait longer.

Dr. Alexander Turchin, assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and colleagues followed more than 5,000 diabetics with high blood pressure, average age 65, from 2000 to 2005.

The researchers found that patients who visited their primary care doctors monthly needed an average of 1.5 months to see their blood pressure return to normal. On the other hand, patients who waited longer between visits took an average of 12.2 months for their readings to return to normal.

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