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Diabetes blood sugar could go too low

27th January 2010

Researchers from Cardiff University have found that giving diabetic patients medication to decrease their blood sugar could be almost as detrimental as allowing glucose levels to remain elevated.

The team studied almost 50,000 patients with type 2 diabetes and discovered a raised risk of death in patients with low blood sugar levels. "Whether intensification of glucose control with insulin therapy alone further heightens risk of death in patients with diabetes needs further investigation and assessment of the overall risk balance," wrote the study's leader Dr Craig Currie.

 

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