Control blood sugar sooner could prevent heart attacks

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Scientists from the University of Surrey found that controlling blood sugar levels within the first year of diabetes diagnosis reduces the incidence of major heart events.

They also found that the more a patient’s blood levels varied 12 months after diagnosis, the more likely they were to experience dangerous cardiovascular events.

The research is published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism and was conducted by Dr. Martin Whyte et al.

The conventional wisdom has been to slowly and steadily treat type 2 diabetes with diet and medicine dose-escalation over years—the period over which it took people to reduce their sugar levels after diagnosis was thought less important for major vascular protection.

But this study suggests that getting blood levels under control quickly—within the first 12 months after diagnosis—will strongly help reduce heart attack risk.

Type 2 diabetes is a common condition that results in the level of sugar in the blood becoming too high.

The condition is linked to obesity or a family history of type 2 diabetes and can increase a person’s risk of serious health conditions.

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