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Diabetes Watch Blog: Good Diabetes Control Cuts Heart Risk

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Dec 21, 2005

Good Diabetes Control Cuts Heart Risk

Good Diabetes Control Cuts Heart Risk
Diabetes is a risk factor for the development of heart disease including heart attacks. Now there is good evidence to suggest that diabetics who used insulin aggressively to control their blood sugar for 6-1/2 years cut their risk of heart attack, stroke or bypass surgery in half compared to those who did not.

These findings are published in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study says that complications due to diabetes, such as eye, nerve and kidney damage that can be prevented by careful glucose control in people with Type 1 diabetes.

"Much to our delight, it appears that this intensive therapy introduced years and years ago seems to have this long-term benefit on heart disease and stroke," author David Nathan of Massachusetts General Hospital told Reuters.

It shows that aggressive diabetes treatment "should begin as early as possible and be maintained as long as possible," said co-author Saul Genuth of Case Western Reserve University.

The new discovery is an offshoot of a study begun in 1983 involving 1,441 people age 13 to 39 with Type 1 diabetes, which was once known as juvenile diabetes.

Half of the diabetics on this study were given intensive treatment using an insulin pump or at least three insulin injections a day, combined with careful monitoring, for an average of 6-1/2 years. The remainder received conventional treatment of one or two shots daily.

Most of the patients who got conventional treatment had more than one serious health event, so the Nathan team calculated that aggressive treatment cut the risk of heart attack, stroke or death from any cardiovascular problem by 57 percent.


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Type-2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, accounting for 90% of cases diabetes. This disease affects nearly 17 million Americans and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. Even though 17 million Americans have type-2 diabetes only half of these people are aware that they have diabetes. The death rate in patients with diabetes may be up to 11 times higher than in persons without the disease. The occurrence of diabetes in persons 45 to 64 years of age is 7 percent, but the proportion increases significantly in persons 65 years of age or older. Type-2 diabetes accounts for more than 90% of all diabetes worldwide.

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