High blood pressure and diabetes are linked. A new study suggests people with high blood pressure are 56 percent more likely to develop diabetes than those with normal blood pressure. While it is unclear if one causes the other, research could test if lowering blood pressure prevents or treats diabetes. The study looked at health records of 4.1 million adults from the United Kingdom who were initially free of both conditions. It found that every 20mm increase in the top blood pressure number (systolic) raised the risk of diabetes by 58 percent. The researchers also analyzed pooled data from 30 earlier studies and found a 77 percent higher chance of diabetes for every 20mm increase in systolic blood pressure. The George Institute for Global Health study 9/14/2015