Treating Hyperglycemia Early Could Reduce CV Risks, Study Shows

Published in Diabetes Care, the study found that earlier detection, and importantly, initiating treatment early, can reduce cardiovascular risks.

A study published in Diabetes Care found that earlier detection, and importantly, initiating treatment early, can reduce cardiovascular risks.

The authors retrospectively analysed patient data from a large European study of people 40 to 69 years old without known diabetes who were screened and treated for the condition. While in the original study, some patients with hyperglycemia were treated intensively while others were given standard treatment, no difference in cardiovascular outcomes or death was documented 5 years later. To predict outcomes in thes same population if screening had been delayed by another 3 to 6 years, the researchers of the current study used a simulation model.

The results: a 3 year delay could have resulted in 11% of people experiencing a heart problem within 5 years, compared to about 8% when screening wasn't delayed. If screening was delayed by 6 years, they estimated that about 13% of participants would experience a heart problem over the 5 years.

Complete article on Medscape: http://wb.md/1HPL36j