Tight T2 control can be dangerous

Researchers are saying that ultra-tight blood sugar control in Type 2 diabetics considered to be high-risk patients may not necessarily be a good thing, according to a recent article from Med Page Today.

In fact, a study of that group showed that those aiming for an HbA1C reading of 6% or lower were 19% more likely to die than those targeting an HbA1C score of between 7.0 and 7.9. A1C scores measure blood sugar control over a period of several months. People without diabetes generally have a blood sugar reading of below 6%. Many doctors suggest that healthy diabetics aim for an HbA1C of below 7%, although some diabetes advocates argue that level is still too high.

Hypoglycemia was not the cause, the scientists concluded. Rather, their best deduction is that pushing patients too hard to hit that lower target may be to blame.

As reported by Diabetes Newshound.

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