Take Heart During American Diabetes Month

Simple Steps, Like Daily Home Blood Pressure Monitoring,  May Help Manage Risk Factors for Diabetes

LAKE FOREST, IL (October 13, 2011) – According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050. The ADA has named the month of November American Diabetes Month to help educate people on simple ways they can help manage, control and even prevent early signs of the disease – such as high blood pressure.  High blood pressure affects up to 60% of people with diabetes, so taking steps to successfully keep your numbers in check may help reduce risk factors associated with high blood pressure and diabetes, including diabetic eye disease and kidney disease.

One such step is monitoring your blood pressure from home on a daily basis. A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine It found that multiple home readings – rather than relying on those taken at the doctor’s office – provide a more accurate picture of blood-pressure control, potentially leading to better treatment.  Omron Healthcare Inc., the number one brand recommended by doctors in the home blood pressure category, has been committed to developing not only validated monitors, but monitors that fit all lifestyles, and this is especially important for people searching for a monitor they can easily use.

“American Diabetes Month reminds us that there’s no better time than now to prioritize your health,” said Jeff Ray, Omron Healthcare’s Senior Product Manager, blood pressure. “Even beyond diabetes, high blood pressure affects 74 million – or one out of three – people in the US, and is known as ‘the silent killer’ because there are often no symptoms. That’s why there are tools, such as Omron’s home blood pressure monitors, to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.”  According to the same study, the rates of blood pressure control and accuracy by using at-home monitors were consistently higher – averaging 68 percent versus 28 percent at the doctor’s office, suggesting overall, that home monitoring can be a convenient, cost-effective way of to generate accurate readings and manage high blood pressure.3

Trust Your Heart to Omron

Dedicated to providing people with the right home blood pressure monitor for them, Omron recently rolled out a new classification system called the Series (3, 5, 7 and 10) which further details what benefits the product will provide.  The Series is divided into four different categories which feature both upper arm and wrist blood pressure monitors throughout;   Quick and Easy (3 Series, 5 Series), Precision and Comfort (7 Series), Advanced Features and Information (10 Series), and Convenient and Portable (3 Series Wrist, 7 Series Wrist).

In fact, recent reports ranked the Omron 7 Series Wrist the overall best blood pressure monitor for accuracy, comfort and convenience, while the Omron 10 Series scored the highest for upper arm models and the Omron 5 Series in the top five4 – which  underscores the importance of choice when selecting a home blood pressure monitor that’s right for you.

For more information on Omron home blood pressure monitors, visit www.TrustYourHeartToOmron.com. There you can also download the Omron Blood Pressure Desktop Tracker application which can help people track multiple blood pressure readings, set reminders for when to check their blood pressure, store their readings in reports, and easily send their readings via email to their physician or family members.

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About Omron Healthcare, Inc.
Omron Healthcare, Inc., located in Lake Forest, IL, is the North and South American sales and marketing office of Omron Healthcare Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of blood pressure monitors for home use. With more than 100 million monitors sold worldwide to date, Omron Healthcare Group was the first to introduce manual and digital blood pressure monitors into the home healthcare market. Omron Healthcare offers innovative products and medical devices for use in sites ranging from hospitals to the home in the blood pressure monitoring, fitness diagnostics, thermometry, and respiratory categories. Omron Healthcare markets clinically proven products that provide accurate health information to consumers and physicians and support positive lifestyle changes and health improvement. For more information, visit www.omronhealthcare.com.

Media Contact:
Johnna Purcell
Omron Healthcare
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