Type 2 Diabetes and Excessively Low Blood Glucose may Increase Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke

Type 2 Diabetes and Excessively Low Blood Glucose may Increase Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke

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The aggressive intervention of lowering blood glucose below the current recommended standards in adults with type 2 diabetes may be at a higher risk for heart attack or stroke deaths.

A clinical trial called, ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) study is being conducted in North America by The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health of 10,251 participants, there was more deaths in the intensive treatment group than the standard treatment group. This has prompted the halt of the intensive treatment group 18 months earlier because of the current data. They will continue collecting data for the standard group for the remainder of the study and those in the other group will now be receiving the standard treatment as well.

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The data showed out of the 10,251 participants there were 257 in the intensive treatment group that died compared with 203 that were in the standard treatment group. The researchers do point out that the death rates in both groups were lower than seen in similar populations in other studies. The study has been going on for around four years.

The ACCORD trial will conclude in June of 2009. The intensive group had an A1C goal of less than 6 percent. The current standard in the United States is an A1C of 7 to 7.9 percent.

The researchers do point out that those in the patients in the study are with a high cardiovascular risk factor and that it would be unlikely that you would have blood sugar levels that low as in the study. They also caution that if you have diabetes never adjust your treatment plan without first talking to your doctor.

By Nicole Wilson
Best Syndication News Writer

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