Life Expectancy Can Be Increased With Better Control Over Diabetes

Individuals who maintain strict control over their blood sugar levels are more likely to live longer, according to a study published to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Over the course of three decades, for the diabetic patients that had tight control over their blood sugar levels for at least the first seven years after being diagnosed, these individuals saw a 33 percent in deaths when compare with patients that did not control their diabetes.


The study, lead by Trevor Orchard, professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, began with roughly 1,400 people. The findings of the study confirm that controlling blood glucose levels from the point of diagnosis on will help to reduce the risk of early death for people that have Type 1 diabetes. These findings are especially important given the fact that the majority of Type 1 diabetes patients are children or young adults.


Failing to properly manage blood sugar levels can result in levels becoming abnormally low or high which can result in hospitalization or even death. Patients have long been taught to guard against low blood sugar level emergencies. However, high blood sugar levels can be just as death.


From the study, there were 43 deaths in the group that followed the strategy for intensive blood sugar level control. However, there were 64 deaths in the group that just exercised conventional control measures. The researchers believe that the higher number of deaths is significant given the number of participants in the study. In addition, some of the deaths in the intensive-control group were not the result of hypoglycemia.


The researchers recommend that patients tailor their blood sugar level goals based on individual needs instead of standards based on the study findings.

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