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Moderation ..... That's The Key

Posted Jan 27 2010 12:00am

It's been suggested that "moderation" is best for controlling blood sugars in Type 2 diabetes -- lowering blood sugars too far can be as risky as permitting them to remain elevated.

Scientists also found that people suffering from type 2 diabetes, who used insulin to get blood sugar levels down to near normal, were 50 percent more likely to die during the study period as those who used a combination of oral drugs, such as metformin and sulfonylurea.

But, in a large study published in The Lancet medical journal, the researchers from Cardiff University said this may have been because type 2 diabetics who need insulin tend to be older and sicker to start with.

The findings suggest that all efforts to avoid insulin therapy in Type 2 diabetics should be made.

"This study will raise a few eyebrows," said Craig Currie, who led the study by a team from Cardiff's medical school.

It doesn't raise eyebrows in our office (and there hasn't been any Botox use). It's the philosophy we've maintained all along. If you are taking insulin in our practice, it's because all other methods of therapy have been exhausted, not tolerated or refused.

The complete Reuters article is
here.

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