Government halts diabetes study

Thu, 07 Feb 2008
The American government has halted an aggressive study into diabetes and heart disease, due to a shocking and discouraging number of deaths amongst patients undertaking the trial .

The study aimed to research diabetes and heart disease by patients pushing their blood sugar levels to bring them as near to normal as possible. For most type 2 diabetics, the findings are unchanged, but amongst the sector of those with a higher risk of heart attack or stroke concerns are being raised.

The study, known as ACCORD, was designed to assess whether patients with a higher risk of heart attack who pushed their blood sugar to normal levels help to protect their hearts.

The answer, which comes in the form of the government closing the study down due to increased deaths, is no. However, doctors are undecided on why this has occurred.
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