Taj Muhammad Khan, Mumtaz Ali Marwat, Habibur Rehman


Background: Body weight, body mass index, fibrinogen concentration and relative plasma
viscosity can contribute to the development of hypertension in diabetics. This study compares
body weight, body mass index, fibrinogen concentration and relative plasma viscosity between
hypertensive diabetics, normotensive diabetics and healthy controls. Methods: The present study
was carried out on normotensive and hypertensive diabetics taken from medical OPD of Saidu
group of teaching hospitals, Swat. A group of healthy male subjects between 30-60 years of age
from the staff members of Saidu Medical College, Swat was also included. Each group comprised
of 35 subjects. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures, body weight, height, body mass index,
fibrinogen concentration and relative plasma viscosity were measured and compared. Results:
Body weight, body mass index, fibrinogen concentration and relative plasma viscosity were all
significantly more in hypertensive diabetics than normotensive diabetics and healthy control
subjects. Conclusion: The onset of the complications is different in the two groups of diabetics
(hypertensive and normotensive), earlier in hypertensive diabetics and delayed in normotensive
Keywords: Plasma viscosity, Fibrinogen, Diabetes, Hypertension

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