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Perceived Discrimination: Influencing Behavior in Diabetics
A recent study assessed patients with diabetes for the effects of perceived racial discrimination encountered during care, focusing on treatment outcomes such as glycemic control, blood pressure, and LDL cholesterol levels.
Public health ad campaigns are not so prevalent as they were a few decades ago. Primary care doctors in South Carolina have taken over where Madison Avenue left off. Cardiovascular disease has since fallen.
As the US population ages, better primary care is essential to keeping costs down. But so far, the new focus on that specialty has not resulted in adequate reimbursement, said Brent Egan, MD, speaking June 27 at a meeting of primary care physicians in Charleston, SC. He believes that will change.
The "sweet spot" where blood pressure control reduces cardiovascular risk without undue side effects may actually be a little higher than traditionally recommended for people with diabetes between ages 60 and 85.
What’s the story with salt? Dietary guidelines for adults – especially those who are older, black, have elevated blood pressures, diabetes or chronic kidney disease – recommend consuming less than 1500 mg daily.
Young adults with even slightly elevated blood pressure may be at risk of cardiac dysfunction later in life, according to a new study published in the June 30 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Inadequate blood pressure (BP) control, but not visit-to-visit variability of systolic BP, is associated with major adverse cardiac events (MACE) among patients with hypertension and coronary artery disease (CAD), according to a study published in the July 15 issue of The American Journal of Cardiology.

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