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[IP] news flash...a little late
Well, WE have all known this for a while, but I guess it is just NOW big
news...but according to an article I got from the AP...The comments with [,,,]
are my smart ass, snide remarks.
Low Blood Sugar May Help Diabetics
.c The Associated Press By EMMA ROSS
LONDON (AP) -- Scientists have shown that reducing the blood sugar and blood
pressure of most diabetics to close to normal levels dramatically lowers the
risk of life-threatening complications such as kidney damage or strokes.
[DUHHHH - how long as the DCCT been over now???)
The findings by Oxford University researchers, outlined Friday in two British
medical publications, could save thousands of lives a year worldwide,
researchers say. [Do the Brits know that we ALSO won the revolution 225 years
Conventional treatment for those with Type II, or adult-onset diabetes, which
accounts for 90 percent of the 140 million cases worldwide, already involves
lowering blood glucose and blood pressure through diet and exercise, drugs or
insulin. [and Type !s DON'T already try to lwer their blood glucose with
injections and/or pumps?]
Doctors generally have not considered it important to attack high blood sugar
as aggressively as the new findings recommend because there was little
evidence it would prevent complications. [And these would be the quacks that
we are all trying to avoid...again - do most diabetes doctors just not KNOW
about the DCCT? Did they cover their ears and eyes when that bulletin went
But a 20-year study of the treatment and management of Type II diabetes,
outlined in the Lancet and the British Medical Journal, shows that the closer
blood sugar and blood pressure is to normal, the better off the patient is.
The study involving 5,100 patients is the largest ever undertaken in the field
Richard Kahn, chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes
Association, which was not connected with the research, called the findings
"extremely definitive'' and "one of the two landmark studies ever conducted in
The other watershed study was conducted by scientists in the United States in
1993. [Oh, was the DCCT a ONE YEAR study?????] It reached similar conclusions
about the link between controlling blood sugar and blood pressure and the risk
of complications of the small blood vessels in those who have Type I diabetes,
which occurs in childhood or early adulthood. [Not always, Miss Information!]
Most of the complications in adult-onset diabetes involve the large arteries,
and it had not been known whether more intensive therapy would be helpful,
particularly when concern exists about whether insulin could harm arteries in
the long term.
The study found no evidence that insulin caused disease in the arteries.
In the Oxford University study, patients were enrolled as soon as they were
diagnosed with diabetes and followed for an average of 10 years. Blood sugar
and pressure levels were monitored more frequently than usual and treatment
dosages increased if levels rose. [Well now, there is a shocking
theory...higher blood sugar, perhaps I need to adminster MORE medication!!]
The researchers found that better blood glucose control using existing methods
reduced the risk of eye disease by a quarter and kidney damage by a third,
compared with common levels of treatment.
They also found that reducing blood pressure in those who have elevated
levels, about 40 percent of patients, cut the risk of strokes, failing sight
and death by diabetes-related ailments by a third.
Doctors have largely accepted that blindness, stroke, kidney failure, heart
attacks and leg amputations are a natural progression of the disease, said Dr.
Robert Turner, a professor of medicine at Oxford who led the study.
Dr. Peter Watkins, who also was involved in the study, said while lowering
blood pressure is relatively easy, reducing blood sugar to near-normal levels
is more challenging and would involve patients going to the doctor more often,
being more strict with their diets and their exercise regimes, and taking more
Insulin also might have to be introduced at an earlier stage to achieve the
best results, he said. [OH MY GOD - you mean...SHOTSSSSS!!!! aghhhh!!!]
Most people have a blood sugar level of 72 milligrams to 144 milligrams per
deciliter, [FASTING - even a non-defective person's blood sugar can go above
this after a binge fest on Ben and Jerrys and Oreos - this line should include
the word FASTING] but it is quite common for diabetics to have a blood sugar
level of 180 milligrams to 360 milligrams per deciliter, Watkins said. [Not
the ones who take RESPONSIBILITY and CONTROL of their defect]
He said the study suggests diabetics should aim for a level before eating
breakfast of 108 milligrams per deciliter. Blood pressure should be lower than
150 over 85, he said.
OK...great article - glad they are trying to spread the word, but dislike the
wrong information and what is this 108 number - that is like trying to land on
a 2 foot wide bullseye when jumping out on an airplane at 10,000! I can aim
for 100-110, or 110-120 and hit it pretty clse, but I aint gonna knowck myself
out over 10 points in either direction for gods sake!
Sara - whose workouts are now $87.50 each less cost of shoes, and whose basals
have dropped .1 to .2 across the board, except that now this is PMS week again
so they are going back up... *-)=B xoxx~~.
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