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by N J Howell unless otherwise noted

Premature End to Diabetes Study

In 2008, there was a study … a study on diabetes that was ended prematurely. You’ll see why as you read more …

Guest article courtesy of Life Enthusiast.

A group of Type 2 diabetes patients were told to aggressively maintain their blood sugar levels at 6.0% or lower with medications. After four years, these patients suffered significantly more heart attacks and a higher rate of death compared to patients whose levels were between 7.0 and 7.9%.

In short, they were following their doctor’s orders to a “T.” But the results were so dismaying that the study had to be canceled early to protect the remaining patients. The medical community was stunned. No one had ever questioned the safety of driving down glucose levels like this. It was always “assumed” to be the right thing to do.

Glucose Monitoring Won’t Save Your Life

Another shocker: Vigilant glucose monitoring does nothing to prevent diabetic complications — and this is proven conclusively by two studies published in the British Medical Journal.

The first study split a group of newly-diagnosed Type 2 diabetes patients into equal self-monitoring and no-monitoring groups. After 12 months, the diabetes (as measured by A1C testing) was no better in the self-monitoring group.

The second study divided a separate population of Type 2 diabetes patients into three groups: No monitoring, moderate monitoring, and intense monitoring. Not only did SMBG fail to improve diabetes control, it also cost more. More importantly, monitoring actually decreased the patients’ quality of life.

Despite this well-published research, most doctors continue to recommend aggressive glucose self-monitoring. One has to wonder if the cost of test strips and glucose monitors has anything to do with this.

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