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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 University of Virginia, Charlottesville and contributing to the blog on the Diabetes Best Practices website, asks the following questions: "Although the ACCORD, ADVANCE, UKPDS 80, and VADT are different studies, is it possible that reducing hyperglycemia does not have the same cardiovascular benefits that the treatment of other CV risk factors may have or do we need to wait for longer term results to observe glycemic benefits for cardiovascular disease? Could there be different benefits depending on the type of medication used to control hyperglycemia? Other important questions include: what role does hypoglycemia play in adverse CV impact of controlling diabetes and do diabetes duration and co-morbidities suggest need for caution in intensifying glycemic control. "

"We hope that the slide presentation and the blog area on the Diabetes Best Practices website will encourage fruitful discussion on this topic," said Dr. McCall who emphasized that "comprehensive care for diabetes includes the treatment of all vascular risk factors not just hyperglycemia and that the evidence from all these trials does not
indicate a need for major changes in glycemic control targets or therapies." He added that "there is also a need for longer-term studies to determine if benefits exist after longer glycemic control has been realized."

The Diabetes Best Practices website is a collaborative project of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and Embryon and is supported by an educational grant from sanofi-aventis U.S.

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey is the nation's largest health sciences university. UMDNJ-Center for Continuing and Outreach Education (UMDNJ-CCOE) is the university's accrediting unit sponsoring national and international
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