ANCHOR LEAD: APPROACHING DIABETES CARE FROM ALL ANGLES IS BEST, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The data is finally in and it’s compelling. Folks who took a multipronged approach to managing their diabetes lived longer than those who simply tried to control blood sugar, a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine concludes. Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.
SAUDEK: There are always questions about whether good control translates into longevity, translates into less deaths with diabetes, and whether the benefit recedes with age, and this study proved, as others have indicated, that good treatment does prevent mortality. It was dramatic in that sense, this was not only blood glucose lowering, this was lowering blood cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose, so it really does support the idea that multifactorial intervention has a benefit. :29
So don’t concentrate on blood sugar alone. Make sure other factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol are assessed and managed as well. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.