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Tight Control of Type 1 Diabetes Prolongs Life

Intensive treatment of type 1 diabetes, even for a time, paid off long term for mortality in the landmark DCCT/EDIC study. Tight control to an HbA1c target of 7% for 6.5 years lowered relative risk of death by a third over nearly 30 years compared with the then-standard 9% target, Trevor Orchard, MD, of the University of Pittsburgh, and colleagues reported online in the Journal of the American Medical Association .

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Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

High HbA1c levels are due to insulin resistance that is the result of systemic inflammation.  The most effective way to reduce HbA1c is an anti-inflammatory diet.  It is true for the type 1 diabetic as well as everyone else.

 

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