March 19, 2009 --
Special breathing exercises may help people with diabetes lower their blood pressure. An upcoming study in the Journal of Human Hypertension followed people with type-2 diabetes who used a device called Resperate. The machine guides the user toward slow and regular breathing.
At the end of eight weeks, researchers say those using the device were able to reduce their systolic blood pressure by 10 points. They also say it's encouraging that a non-drug therapy helped improve blood pressure control.
The company that makes Resperate helped fund the research.