New study throws light on reducing Cardiovascular risk in patients with Diabetes!
It is a general feeling among diabetic patients and their physicians that controlling their sugar levels and their glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1C) levels in the normal range would suffice to reduce the cardiovascular risk.
However, a recent study including 26,636 diabetic patients with longitudinal blood pressure, LDL-cholesterol, and HbA1c measurements followed for a mean of 5.6 years proves that it would not suffice!
These patients were analysed and followed up over a period of 5.6 years and their first cardiovascular hospitalization rates were studied. The analysis got published online January 24, 2013 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
It was found that diabetic patients who kept their blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and glycosylated hemoglobin levels all under control showed a 2.5 fold drop in the risk of cardiovascular-disease hospitalization over 6 years, compared with those who controlled none of the 3 risk factors.
Most of the observed benefit came from control of blood pressure and LDL-cholesterol as per guidelines.
Patients who had none of the three markers under control had the highest hospitalization rates of 18.2 per 1000 person-years.
And, patients with all three parameters controlled had the lowest rates, at 6.1 per 1000 person-years.
So, Diabetics Beware! Pay equal attention to your blood pressure and LDL-Cholesterol levels to reduce your cardiac risk!