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Tight Blood Sugar Control in Older Diabetics May Not Reduce Heart Risk
Date:6/29/2010

gression of diabetic retinopathy were 7.3 percent with intensive therapy but 10.4 percent with standard therapy. Retinopathy was also less likely to progress in those who got intensive cholesterol-lowering treatment, but intensive blood pressure control had little effect on the eye disease, the researchers said.

In an editorial accompanying the study in the journal, Dr. Barbara Klein, also of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, said the subgroup study adds valuable information about the effect of blood sugar on retinopathy and points to the need for further study of the value of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

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To learn more about eye complications of diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association.

SOURCES: Ronald Klein, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison; Barbara Klein, M.D., M.P.H., professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison; Faramarz Ismail-Beigi, M.D., professor of medicine, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Ohio; The Lancet, June 29, 2010, online New England Journal of Medicine, June 29, 2010, online


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