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Diabetes Glucose Control Info

Tight glucose control lowers CVD (cardiovascular defects) by approx. 50% in diabetes, we learn from NIH.

A significantly lower risk of heart disease can now be added to the list of proven long-term benefits of tight glucose control in people with type 1 diabetes.
The DCCT - Diabetes Control and Complications Trial - was a multicenter study that compared intensive management of blood glucose to conventional control in 1,441 people with type 1 diabetes.
In 1993, researchers announced the DCCT’s main findings: intensive glucose control greatly reduces the eye, nerve, and kidney damage of type 1 diabetes.

Is glucose control just as important for people with type 2 diabetes?
Genuth chairs the follow-up study of DCCT participants, called the Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study, which has been looking at the long-term effects of prior intensive versus conventional blood glucose control.
The good news is that intensively controlling glucose significantly reduces heart disease as well as damage to the eyes, nerves, and kidneys in people with type 1 diabetes.
There is a strong and growing body of evidence that everyone with diabetes gains from strict blood glucose control,” said Catherine Cowie, PhD, who oversees EDIC for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)..

In its "Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes" campaign, the National Diabetes Education Program (, jointly sponsored by the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and 200 partner organizations including the American Diabetes Association (ADA), encourages people with diabetes to control their blood glucose as well as their blood pressure and cholesterol.

Type 1 diabetes accounts for up to 10 percent of diagnosed cases of diabetes in the United States (up to 1 million people).
Those randomly assigned to intensive treatment kept glucose levels as close to normal as possible with at least three insulin injections a day or an insulin pump, guided by frequent self-monitoring of blood glucose.
The risk of heart disease is about 10 times higher in people with type 1 diabetes than in people without diabetes.

Researchers declared this finding at the annual scientific meeting of the American Diabetes Association after analyzing cardiovascular (CVD) events such as heart attack, stroke, and angina in patients who took part in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) years ago.

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