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Intense Cholesterol, Blood Pressure Therapies Don't Help Type 2 Diabetics
Date:3/14/2010

he said.

"I'm not saying medicines aren't helpful, just that they need to be done in combination with lifestyle measures," Kopecky said. "It's reminding us how important our lifestyle is. You can't just overcome it with pills."

Another trial being presented at the cardiology meeting -- the INVEST trial -- had similar findings: that aggressive blood pressure control to bring systolic blood pressure below 130 mmHg in patients who have both type 2 diabetes and heart disease was no better than standard treatment (pulling the blood pressure under 140).

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For more on cardiovascular risk and type 2 diabetes, visit the American Heart Association.



SOURCES: Stephen Kopecky, M.D., professor, medicine, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; March 13, 2010, presentations, American College of Cardiology annual meeting, Atlanta; March 18, 2010, New England Journal of Medicine


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