Taking blood pressure drugs at bedtime could lower diabetes risk

24 September 2015        

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Taking blood pressure medications at bedtime, rather than in the morning, can reduce blood pressure whilst asleep and also halves the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 

The new research has been published in Diabetologia.  

June Davison, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: "This is an interesting study that raises questions about the best time people should take blood pressure medications but more research is needed to confirm these findings.

"One of the reasons why people are advised to take their blood pressure medications in the morning is because blood pressure is normally higher during the day than at night while you’re sleeping.  

"Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure can increase your risk of developing cardiovascular disease but people can help reduce their risk by controlling their weight and doing regular physical activity.

"We wouldn’t recommend you change the time you take your blood pressure medication without speaking to your doctor first."