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Study Suggests Early Diabetes Treatment Reduces Heart Disease Risk

06/03/15

  10:20:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 296 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness

Study Suggests Early Diabetes Treatment Reduces Heart Disease Risk

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A recent study demonstrates how preventive care can potentially benefit an individual in multiple ways. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, earlier screening, diagnosis and treatment of type 2 diabetes may also decrease the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Reuters Health reports that the research team analyzed data from a European diabetes study in which people age 40 to 69 without known diabetes were screened and treated for the condition. In that study, some participants who tested positive were treated intensively while others were treated routinely, and the researchers found no difference in cardiovascular outcomes or death five years later.

The researchers then translated the study data into a computer model to estimate what may have happened over the same five year period if they had not been screened, and their diabetes diagnoses had been delayed by three or six years.

If screening was delayed by three years, the researchers estimated that about 11% of people would likely experience a heart problem within five years, compared to about 8% when screening wasn't delayed. If screening was delayed by six years, they estimated that about 13% of participants would experience a heart problem over the five years.

While acknowledging that a computer model isn't as reliable as real-world results -- which, in this case, would be all but impossible to replicate -- the numbers do suggest the usefulness of regular preventive care. The sooner a chronic condition is diagnosed, the better the odds of successfully treating the condition -- and ultimately reducing the risk of other chronic conditions to boot.

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