Diabetes Forecast

Good Glucose Control Prevents Heart Problems

By Miriam E. Tucker , ,

Bridget Black/Mittera

For people with type 1 diabetes, good glucose control early on may help prevent heart problems later. In 1993, a trial of 1,441 people with type 1 diabetes showed that tight control of glucose levels can prevent or delay diabetes-related eye, kidney, and nerve problems. The study participants practiced either intensive or less-stringent glucose control for an average of 6½ years. A new analysis suggests tight control has heart benefits, too. More than two decades after the trial began, the intensive therapy group had a 30 percent lower risk for heart disease and 32 percent fewer cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online Feb. 9, 2016



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