Aggressive diabetes treatment may not be a problem

February 13, 2008 2:33:36 PM PST
A new international study is contradicting a US trial on diabetes that recently made headlines.

Early results from the largest study ever of aggressive measures to control blood sugar in type 2 diabetics has found no sign that intensive treatment increases the risk of death.

These results contradict findings last week from a large US-sponsored trial studying the effects of tightly controlling the blood sugar of high risk patients with diabetes. That study showed a slight increase of death in patients with diabetes whose blood sugar had been reduced to near normal levels. This latest study called "Advance" found that was not true.

Researchers say the Advance study is based on more than twice as much data and similar levels of glucose control.