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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

REDUCING DIABETES RISK

from New England Journal of Medicine

Over time, high blood glucose from diabetes can damage blood vessels and the nerves that control our heart and blood vessels. However, properly controlled diabetes and refraining from smoking can significantly reduce risk of cardiovascular disease from type 2 diabetes. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, shows diabetics with risk factors, such as blood pressure, long-term blood glucose, cholesterol and kidney function—all wellcontrolled-- had an extremely low risk of premature death, heart disease and stroke. But the most important risk factor for premature death proved to be smoking. The study shows the risk of complications from diabetes is greatest among people under fifty-five, making treatment extra important for younger diabetics.

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