26. October 2021

Maintain ideal blood sugar range to lower risk of repeat strokes, heart attacks


A brand new analysis has discovered that for folks with diabetes who’ve a stroke, there could also be ideal blood sugar ranges to lower the risk of differing kinds of vascular ailments like a stroke or heart assault in a while. The findings of the analysis have been revealed within the medical journal ‘Neurology’.

“We know that having diabetes may be associated with an increased risk of having a first stroke,” mentioned research writer Moon-Ku Han, MD, PhD, of Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea.

“But our results indicate that there is an optimal blood sugar level that may start to minimise the risk of having another stroke, a heart attack or other vascular problems, and it’s right in the 6.8 per cent to 7.0 per cent range,” Han added.

The research concerned 18,567 folks with diabetes with a median age of 70. All members have been admitted to the hospital for an ischemic stroke, which is brought on by a blood clot. Upon admission, researchers used a check referred to as the haemoglobin A1C to decide folks’s common blood sugar stage over the previous two to three months. This check measures a share of haemoglobin proteins within the blood coated with sugar. A stage under 5.7 per cent is taken into account regular; 6.5 per cent or greater typically signifies diabetes. The members had a median A1C of 7.5 per cent.

Researchers then adopted up one yr later to discover out if there was an affiliation between A1C ranges with the risk of having one other stroke, a heart assault, or dying from these or different vascular causes.

Of all members, 1,437, or about 8 per cent, had a heart assault or died from the vascular illness inside a yr of beginning the research, and 954, or 5 per cent, had one other stroke.

The research discovered that folks admitted to the hospital with A1C ranges above the 6.8 per cent to 7.0 per cent range had an elevated risk of having a vascular occasion like a heart assault, in addition to having one other stroke. After adjusting for elements like age and intercourse, researchers discovered that folks’s risk for a heart assault or related vascular ailments was 27 per cent higher after they have been admitted to the hospital with A1C ranges above 7.0 per cent, in contrast to these admitted with A1C ranges under 6.5 per cent.

People’s risk for having one other stroke was 28 per cent higher when admitted to the hospital with A1C ranges above 7.0 per cent, in contrast to these under 6.5 per cent.

“Our findings highlight the importance of keeping a close eye on your blood sugar if you’re diabetic and have had a stroke,” Han mentioned.

A limitation of the research is that folks’s blood sugar ranges have been measured solely initially of the research; no follow-up ranges have been accessible. 

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