PREVENTING DIABETES COMPLICATIONS
ANCHOR LEAD: CAN USE OF CERTAIN MEDICATIONS PREVENT SOME COMPLICATIONS OF DIABETES? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Use of two different types of medications used to treat eye and kidney complications of type 1 diabetes failed to prevent their development in the kidneys, although some benefit was seen in the eyes, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed. Christopher Saudek, a diabetes expert at Johns Hopkins, draws this conclusion.
SAUDEK: I think it shows that you can’t base treatment on a theory of cause, you have to test that treatment and see whether or not it actually shows any beneficial effect, and in this case it didn’t. to give every person with diabetes an ACE inhibitor for example was an enormous expense, an enormous amount of side effects and complications from medications, so its good to know that if you have high blood pressure you have to treat it, if you have protein in the urine you have to treat it but if you don’t you don’t have to throw these medications at everybody with diabetes. :32
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.