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Study says blood sugar-lowering treatments may not reduce heart attack, stroke risk


NEW YORK A study published Wednesday in the online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that Type 2 diabetics who undergo intensive blood sugar-lowering programs might not reduce their risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The researchers in the study assigned nearly 1,800 patients around 60 years of age to intensive or standard blood sugar control. Over the next approximately five and a half years, 264 of those undergoing standard blood sugar control had a heart attack, stroke or other form of heart disease. Of those undergoing intensive blood sugar control, 235 experienced the same.

The researchers also didn’t find any difference between the groups in terms of other diabetes-related complications.

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