Health & Family

Aggressive diabetes treatment studied

Dropping blood sugar to the lowest possible levels didn't decrease heart risks in U.S. veterans with diabetes, a study found.

The research compared results in veterans undergoing very aggressive treatment with those who followed a less strict regimen. They follow two reports published June 6 that showed slashing blood sugar levels failed to help the heart, and may increase risk in some patients. The latest research included 1,791 older veterans from around the country.

Taken together, the studies suggest that applying uniform blood-sugar goals to all diabetic patients doesn't make sense, said William Duckworth, director of diabetes research at the Veterans Medical Center in Phoenix and co-leader of the study. Doctors in health care systems, including clinics operated by the Office of Veterans Affairs, are pressed to treat patients in a way that they'll meet blood-sugar targets, he said. Bloomberg News