Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Study sees longterm benefit of blood-sugar control

Diabetics who tightly control their blood sugar even if only for the first decade after they are diagnosed - have lower risks of heart attack, death and other complications 10 or more years later, a large follow-up study has found. The discovery of this "legacy effect" may put new emphasis on rigorous treatment when people first learn they have Type 2 diabetes, the most common form and the type linked to obesity.

Doctors warn that people should not let their blood sugar spin out of control - that could have serious health consequences. "What you don't want is for people to think that they had a period of good glucose control and then they allow their blood glucose to go high - that would be disadvantageous," said Dr. Stephen Davis, head of Vanderbilt University's diabetes and endocrinology division, who had no role in the study.

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