Diabetics can cut Risk
of Heart Attack and Stroke by increasing Insulin Injections
Researchers have found that increasing the number in insulin injections
per day will substantially reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in
Type 1 diabetes patients. Cardiovascular disease is one of the
deadliest complications of the condition.
The risk of heart disease is 10 times greater in people with type 1
diabetes. The good news is that aggressively controlling blood sugar by
increasing the number of injections a day will cut the risk of heart
attack in half. Most diabetics will inject themselves once or twice a
day. Aggressive control would mean five or six injections a day.
Dr. Saul M Genuth, chairman of a research project initiated in 1983 said
"When you bring your blood glucose as close to normal as possible, that
is what counts most,” reports Newsday. The first trial ended in 1993
and included 1,441 type 1 patients.
In 1993 the Genuth found that there were benefits in tightly controlling
glucose. At that time they found that increasing the number of
injections reduced eye, kidney and nerve damage. After this discovery
they focused on a possible reduction in heart attacks and strokes.
The new research followed 1394 diabetics for over 10 years. David
Nathan of the Harvard Medical School in Boston who co-chaired the study
being published in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine
said “This is the most important diabetes news of the year. This is the
remaining piece of the puzzle with regard to our ability to take the
teeth out of diabetes and make it a less dangerous disease,” according
to the Washington Post.
Diabetics on the strict regimen were 42% less likely to have heart
problems and 57% less likely to have heart attacks or strokes. The
research was published in this issue of the New England Journal of
Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure and
amputation in adults. It is also a major cause of cardiovascular
disease. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body
destroys insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. This will cause blood
sugar levels to skyrocket. Type 2 diabetes typically emerges in middle
age. This is not usually as severe but must be controlled with diet and
/ or medications.
By Dan Wilson
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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