Good blood sugar control helps diabetic hearts

5 June 2015

A new study could help the millions of people who are currently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

The major research found that keeping blood sugar levels under control for a long period of time can reduce the risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, heart failure or amputation by around 17 per cent.

Published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the study was conducted by three hospitals in Virginia (VA), the VA Center for Clinical Management Research and the University of Michigan Medical School. 

They looked at nearly 1,800 veterans with type 2 diabetes nearly ten years after they signed up to a six-year blood sugar study. During this, they were randomly assigned to either keep "tight" blood sugar control, or regular care.

Lead study author Dr Rodney Hayward from the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the University of Michigan said: "Taken together with findings from other large studies, we see that controlling blood sugar in diabetes can indeed decrease cardiovascular risk, though we continue to see no effect on risk of dying during the same time period."

Posted by Edward Bartel

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