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Why are ACE inhibitor medications beneficial if I have diabetes?

An angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor is an oral medicine that lowers blood pressure. For people with diabetes, especially those who have protein (albumin) in the urine, it also helps slow down kidney damage.

William Lee Dubois
Endocrinologist

An angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor's job is blood pressure control, but as a side effect, the medication literally shields your kidneys from the harmful effects of elevated blood sugar and from the inevitable blood sugar spikes that are part and parcel of having diabetes. ACE inhibitors do such a good job of this that it's now the standard of care for all people with diabetes to take ACE inhibitors, even if their blood pressure is spot-on perfect.

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