Achieving Health Targets With Type 2 Reduces Heart Disease and Early Death Risk
Type 2 diabetes raises the risk for heart disease and early death, but you can take specific actions to prevent both. Researchers compared 271,174 people with type 2 diabetes to 1,355,870 men and women without diabetes of similar age, sex, and geographic location. For both groups, they looked, specifically, at five health targets: an A1C of less than 7 percent, blood pressure below 140/80 mmHg, no protein in their urine, nonsmoking status, and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol of less than 97 mg/dl. Over approximately six years, the risk for death, heart attack, and stroke among those with diabetes who achieved all five of the health goals didn’t differ from those without diabetes who met all of the health goals. If you have type 2, ask your doctor how you can reach those goals.
Source: The New England Journal of Medicine, published online Aug. 16, 2018