Hypertension, diabetes study seeks subjects

April 12, 2005

Two medical institutions are collaborating in a five-year study to see whether intensive patient education and physician training can reduce complications of hypertension and diabetes.

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is recruiting 800 people with hypertension, and Bon Secours Baltimore Health System is enrolling 800 diabetics. Doctors will counsel and follow them to see whether greater attention to diet, medication and other factors makes a difference.

The study will focus primarily on blacks, who suffer disproportionately from both diseases. Dr. Elijah Saunders, a UM cardiologist and one of the study's principal investigators, said 40 percent of blacks being treated for hypertension have met blood-pressure reduction goals, compared with 54 percent of whites.

An estimated 2.7 million blacks age 20 and older - 11.4 percent - have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Information about participating: 410-706-6226.

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