Could blood pressure affect a diabetic patient’s risk for diabetic retinopathy? A study by one of EDU’s tutors.

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It is with great pleasure and pride that we at EDU celebrate our educators’ success, and this time we do so for Dr. Jose Pantaleon Hernández, EDU Tutor since 2020 and Doctor in Clinical Epidemiology.  

Dr. Hernández recently published a study on diabetic retinopathy and its relation to blood pressure in type 2 diabetic patients, in collaboration with researchers from Sun Yat-Sen University, the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Glasgow.  

According to the research, diabetic retinopathy (DR), is a common diabetes-related microvascular complication, but the “associations between blood pressure (BP) and risks for DR in diabetic patients with normal BP received inadequate attention.”  

The publication Association between Systolic Blood Pressure and Diabetic Retinopathy in Both Hypertensive and Normotensive Patients with Type 2 Diabetes: Risk Factors and Healthcare Implications aims to shine a light on “whether the extent to which systolic BP levels were associated with DR in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and normal BP were similar to that in those with concurrent hypertension.” 

Dr. Hernandez’s research was featured on Healthcare , an international, scientific, peer-reviewed, open access journal on health care systems, industry, technology, policy, and regulation. You can find the complete research article here.


Since his start at EDU, Dr. Hernández has shown his commitment to education and his eagerness to channel his previous accomplishments and experiences in his role as an EDU Tutor: “At EDU I can utilise a set of skills from my previous training, and experience brought forward to teach with enthusiasm. I want to bring the best of myself for students to improve their learning experience while enjoying a proactive, and dynamic environment.” 

If you are interested in knowing more about Dr. Hernández, make sure to check his bio in our website.

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