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Thursday 30 June 2011

Diabetes patients with poor blood sugar control face increased risk of heart failure

"In the 635 patients admitted to hospital with heart failure, HbA1c was associated with a 36% increased risk of heart failure per 1% rise in HbA1c in patients who had a primary diagnosis of heart failure, and a 26% per 1% rise in HbA1c in patients who had a secondary diagnosis of heart failure"

Dr Marcus Lind, a physician at the department of molecular and clinical medicine at the University of Gothenburg, concluded: ‘The positive association between HbA1c and risk of heart failure in fairly young patients with type 1 diabetes indicates a potential for prevention of heart failure with improved glycaemic control.’



Anonymous said...

Thanks Graham for letting us know about this link.

It certainly shows that we should all strive for a low HbA1c. The lower the number the better it is for how our bodies work. It is a prevention against so much not only heart disease.

I think most of us feel so much better if we eat healthier. Cut out those un-necessary carbs.


Lowcarb team member said...

Hi Joe the link was the latest of many such studies all reaching a similar conclusion. The UKPDS was one of larger studies: Conclusions "In patients with type 2 diabetes the risk of diabetic complications was strongly associated with previous hyperglycaemia. Any reduction in HbA1c is likely to reduce the risk of complications, with the lowest risk being in those with HbA1c values in the normal range (<6.0%)." Graham