High Blood Sugar Rate Rises in U.S.
According to a new study, the number of people with diabetes in the United States who maintain healthy blood sugar levels has dropped in recent years. However, other research has shown an overall improvement in blood sugar control over the past couple of decades.
Researchers analyzed blood sugar test results from 1.6 million people with diabetes from 2006 to 2013 and found that HbA1c levels below 7 decreased from 56 to 54 percent and HbA1c levels at or above 9 percent increased from 10 to 12 percent. They also analyzed information about diabetes medications. During the study period, the use of some diabetes drugs—thiazolidinediones and sulfonylureas, for example—decreased, while use of other medicines—like DPP-4 inhibitors and metformin—increased.
According to researchers, newer diabetes medications may carry fewer side effects than older drugs, but may be less effective at controlling blood sugar levels. It also might be that, with so many medications to choose from, more people with diabetes are overlooking the importance of managing the condition with lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise.
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