COMPARISON OF PLASMA VISCOSITY AND FIBRINOGEN CONCENTRATION IN HYPERTENSIVE AND NORMOTENSIVE DIABETICS
AbstractBackground: Body weight, body mass index, fibrinogen concentration and relative plasmaviscosity can contribute to the development of hypertension in diabetics. This study comparesbody weight, body mass index, fibrinogen concentration and relative plasma viscosity betweenhypertensive diabetics, normotensive diabetics and healthy controls. Methods: The present studywas carried out on normotensive and hypertensive diabetics taken from medical OPD of Saidugroup of teaching hospitals, Swat. A group of healthy male subjects between 30-60 years of agefrom the staff members of Saidu Medical College, Swat was also included. Each group comprisedof 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 allsignificantly more in hypertensive diabetics than normotensive diabetics and healthy controlsubjects. Conclusion: The onset of the complications is different in the two groups of diabetics(hypertensive and normotensive), earlier in hypertensive diabetics and delayed in normotensivediabetics.Keywords: Plasma viscosity, Fibrinogen, Diabetes, Hypertension
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