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Deadly High Sugar

Posted on August 8, 2018 | No Comments on Deadly High Sugar

Patients who have had a recent episode of stroke or heart attack should keep their blood sugar under tight control, according to a new US study.

The study, which involved 216,000 patients hospitalized in the intensive care unit (ICU), found that high blood sugar is linked to higher death risk among certain patients, and that the risk varied according to disease type.

It was reported that the increased deaths associated with high blood sugar in intensive care units was highest in those without diagnosed diabetes and in those admitted with cardiovascular disorders such as heart attacks, unstable angina, and strokes.

The study further showed that even a very slight increase in blood sugar — as little as one milligram per deciliter above normal — increased the risk of mortality.

Stroke patients were found to have the highest risk at 15 times greater than normal in patients with the highest blood sugar readings. It was also noted that high blood sugar did not appear to increase death risk in ICU patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or liver failure.

Researchers conclude that the findings suggest that different disease states are variably affected by high blood sugar, with the strongest association in those with cardiovascular disorders.

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