LOWERING BLOOD SUGAR
ANCHOR LEAD: GOOD GLUCOSE CONTROL REMAINS THE BEST STRATEGY FOR THOSE WITH DIABETES, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Keeping blood sugar under very tight control in people with diabetes appears to be harmful, a recent National Institutes of Health study seemed to show. But Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, says everyone must be cautious in looking at these results.
SAUDEK: I think this is a tremendous risk that people will misinterpret this study. If they misinterpret it and think that good diabetic control is bad that is wrong. If doctors take that message if patients take that message that’s wrong. This was not measuring good diabetic control against bad diabetic control it was measuring good diabetic control against extremely tight diabetic control. So there’s a host of evidence that shows that good diabetic control is good for you. :28
Saudek says people with diabetes should talk with their doctor and make sure they know what their particular goals are with respect to blood sugar. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.