Taking Hypertension Medication At Bedtime Lowers Diabetes Risk Too: Study

In a new research it is found those who take hypertension medication at bedtime may not develop diabetes compared to those who take the medication upon awakening.

It was also found in the study taking hypertension medication at bedtime decreases the ambulatory BP too significantly.

Director of the bioengineering and chronobiology laboratories at the University of Vigo, Spain, Ramon C. Hermida, PhD, said taking antihypertensive medication at bedtime improves asleep BP control as well as significantly lowers the diabetes risk too.

More than 2,000 adults in Spain were studied. All had hypertension and didn’t develop diabetes until the beginning of the study.

However, question arises how the two different diseases are connected. Adrenaline and angiotensin hormones plays important role in the development of high BP and diebetes as well.

According to clinical professor of medicine at the Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine in NYC, Dr Zachary Bloomgarden, BP medications target angiotensin, which is a hormone responsible for constricting of blood vessels to raise the pressure. The medication also helps in increasing the glucose released from liver and it simultaneously decreases the insulin sensitivity.

The drugs that were used in the study to target angiotensin were ACE inhibitors, beta blockers and receptor blockers (ARBs). It was found all the three were linked in reducing the diabetes when taken at bedtime.