Diabetes is increasing across the world at an alarming rate and is linked to several health complications. People with Diabetes may also have a significant risk of developing high blood pressure.
A recent research study published in the journal Circulation Research found that a small and well-known protein called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) which controls blood sugar levels also guides the way body controls blood pressure. When food is consumed. GLP-1 is released from the wall of the gut and stimulates the
pancreas to release insulin to control blood sugar levels. The research study has found that GLP-1 also stimulates the carotid body (small sensory organs located in the neck
region which detect the chemical composition of the blood) which is responsible for blood pressure control. The carotid body is the point where GLP-1 tries to control blood pressure with the help of the nervous system. In people with
Diabetes. drugs such as GLP-1 receptor agonists help in managing high blood sugar levels and high blood pressure. This, in turn, reduces the risk of heart disease and death by a heart attack.