On 12/18/13, the American Medical Association published new recommendations for treatment thresholds for blood pressure, which can sometimes be an issue for those of us who are obese. I'm linking it here in case anyone might be interested in this information. These new recommendations are less strict for two population groups.
Most of the news articles that are reporting about these new guidelines are highlighting the treatment changes for persons over 60 years old
: previously, a bp of 140/90 or higher would be treated with medications, but the new recommendation is 150/90 or higher.
However, the AMA also revised it's recommendation for persons between the ages of 20 and 60 who also have diabetes
: previously, a bp of 130/80 or higher would trigger a recommendation of medications to treat, but the new threshold is 140/90.
For all other persons
, the threshold to recommend bp treatment remains unchanged at 140/90.
Guidelines on Blood Pressure Eased