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Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes: New Blog and Slide Presentation on the Diabetes Best Practices Website Discuss the Most Recent Studies in this Field
Date:2/17/2009

The control of blood sugar and its possible role in preventing cardiovascular disease is the focus of discussion on a new blog for health care professionals.

Somerville, NJ (PRWEB) February 17, 2009 -- Does the control of blood sugar, an important part of treatment for people with type 2 diabetes, contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular disease? While earlier studies suggested that patients with diabetes who were put on a regimen of blood sugar control would also benefit in preventing cardiovascular disease, several more recent studies are inconclusive on this point.

Health care professionals who want more information on this topic and would like to discuss it with their peers can now find free downloadable set of slides as well as an interactive BLOG on the www.diabetesbestpractices.com website.

The slide presentation focuses on the findings of the latest study in this field, The Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial (VADT).

In the VADT study a comparison was made between patients with diabetes who were put on a standard treatment program for the reduction of blood sugar and those who were given an intensive glucose control regimen.

The study found no significant difference between the treatment groups in any component of the primary outcome that included first time occurrence of a major cardiovascular event and there was no difference in the rate of death from any cause. In addition there was no difference in microvascular complications.

The VADT study concludes that "For now, appropriate management of hypertension, dyslipidemia, and other cardiovascular risk factors appears to be the most effective approach to preventing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality."

In light of these findings, Dr. Anthony McCall, Professor of Diabetes at
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