Since I started working on the Log for Life diabetic logging project I have been doing a lot of research into the tie between preventative maintenance of diabetes and longer live spans. Here is a very interesting study I came across that I wanted to share and have a discussion on.
A study titled The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) was conducted from 1983 to 1993. The study showed that keeping blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible slows the onset and progression of the eye, kidney, and nerve damage caused by diabetes. This study was done on type 1 patients. Type 2 have it even easier. You may not even have to inject yourself, instead you may just need to change your diet and exercise routine and/or take some oral medications.
Normal range is considered an A1C of 6 percent or less.
“Intensive” blood glucose control is defined as:
- Testing blood glucose levels four or more times a day
- Injecting insulin at least three times daily or using an insulin pump
- Adjusting insulin doses according to food intake and exercise
- Following a diet and exercise plan
By doing what the trial considers intensive control of your blood glucose numbers you will reduce the risk of:
Eye disease by 76%
Kidney disease by 50%
Nerve disease by 60%
Any cardiovascular disease event by 42%
Nonfatal heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes by 57%
Doing these 4 things will equate to you living a longer and healthier life?
What more needs to be said other than, why would you not do this? Do you want to have complications? Do you want to die before your time?
I want to know why if you are a diabetic you would not do these things that enable you to live longer…