Findings could alter treatment for Type 2 diabetes

January 28, 2010 4:46:04 AM PST
Intense treatment to lower blood-sugar levels in diabetics could prove to be as harmful as letting those levels remain high. Many diabetics keep a close eye on their glucose levels , watching to make sure they don't go too high, but a British study shows that lowering these levels too much is a problem that could prove deadly.

The report in The Lancet medical journal looked at nearly 50,000 patients with type-2 diabetes. It finds that the blood-sugar levels were linked an increased risk of death.

Researchers also saw significant differences in death rates between patients on insulin and those taking pills. But they say there could be various explanations for this.

If these findings are confirmed, researchers predict there may be changes to current treatment guidelines.