Can Good Diabetic Control Actually Cause Heart Disease?

Can Good Diabetic Control Actually Cause Heart Disease?

          Nearly a year ago, people were confronted with headlines that stressed that a good diabetic control may end up causing heart disease. Many people actually ended up believing this to be true. The ACCORD trial was primarily meant to study whether normalizing blood sugar levels had any effect on heart disease. However, the research was stopped when the number of deaths in the study group was higher than in the control group.

          However, before you start drawing conclusions, it is important to look at the ACCORD trial a little closer.

          The trial only had people with Type II diabetes. It is a known fact that people with this form of diabetes have greater risk of getting heart disease, or already have it. In addition, the researchers kept increasing the dosage of the medication that was given to the study group until hemoglobin A1C percent was under 6 percent when the recommended percentage is between 6.5 and 7.

          While it will never be known what led to more number of deaths in the study group compared to the control group, there are speculations that the deaths were caused due to hypoglycemia. This speculation has not been proven or disproven. The fact remains that other similar studies have been carried out, but none of them have had the same findings as the ACCORD trial.

          Therefore, it would be incorrect for people to assume that they need to avoid having a good diabetic control. Rather patients with diabetes, especially those who are a high risk of getting heart disease, should concentrate on controlling their blood pressure and cholesterol levels, they should quit smoking and above all, they should be a little more relaxed when it comes to their diabetes control targets.

Can Good Diabetic Control Actually Cause Heart Disease?