Diabetes Forecast

Glucose Improves After Complication Diagnosis

By Miriam E. Tucker ,

Bridget Black/Mittera

Here’s a thought-provoking finding for people with diabetes: Glucose control may improve after a diagnosis of diabetes complications, including eye disease (retinopathy), kidney disease, nerve damage, heart attack, and stroke. That’s according to a study of 518 people identified in a managed care claims database during 2001–2011. Their A1C levels averaged 8.5 percent prior to their complication diagnosis and dropped to 7.9 percent within the year after. Researchers couldn’t determine the reasons for this. It’s always a good idea to keep up with screenings and treatments for complications—don’t wait until you have complications to aim for blood glucose control.
Source: Journal of Diabetes and Its Complications, published online Nov. 7, 2015



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