High blood glucose levels 'can help in the fight against heart failure'

10 April 2012

Individuals who have diabetes could actually benefit from high glucose levels when it comes to the battle against some heart problems.

Researchers at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Sciences suggested that survival rates for advanced heart failure could be improved due to higher blood glucose levels.

This goes against the common health procedure of trying to lower glucose levels in patients who are diagnosed with diabetes.

According to the team, heart failure patients with diabetes recorded a 15 per cent drop in mortality for every unit increase in a marker used to track a person's glucose levels.

Dr Tamara Horwich, assistant professor of cardiology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, advised: "We may find that doctors who treat patients who have both advanced heart failure and diabetes may not need to focus on aggressively lowering blood sugar, but rather keep it under moderate control."

Up to 2.9 million people in the UK are now known to deal with diabetes, according to statistics released by Diabetes UK as of October 2011.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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