Being diagnosed with diabetes can be scary. Thoughts of side effects like higher risk of heart disease or vision problems keep many people from seeing a healthcare provider or following through on treatment plans. But research shows that with good control of your blood sugar, side effects can be reduced.
A medical study recently conducted in Sweden shows that people who controlled their A1C levels – the average of one’s blood glucose levels over a two to three month period – were less likely to die of heart disease than those who didn’t. Diabetic patients who controlled their A1C over a five year period were 50 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular or coronary heart disease than patients who’s A1C did not improve. Participants who kept their diabetes under control were 33 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease and 41 percent less likely to die from any cause than diabetics who poorly controlled their disease.