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Strict Blood Sugar Control Reduces Diabetes Heart Risk

Results of a 20-year study confirm that tight blood sugar control reduces the risk of heart disease by more than half among people with type 1 diabetes. The study called the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that those who used aggressive methods to control blood sugar level had a 58 percent lower risk of a serious event like heart attack, stroke or death from cardiovascular disease, and a 42 percent reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease events.

Study investigators conclude that it is difficult to maintain proper blood sugar level that is why diabetics should really make the effort to control their sugar level to avoid the heart complications associated with diabetes.

The study involved more than 1,400 people with type 1 diabetes who were followed-up for more than two decades. The patients had their blood sugars levels closely monitored and were given at least three insulin injections a day. Patients in the study also used an insulin pump to achieve blood sugar control that is tighter than the normal levels.

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