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A recent study found that when participant’s complete intensive therapy for managing their type 1 diabetes, they experienced significant cardiovascular benefits over the next 30 years.
Researchers used information from about 1,440 diabetes patients who were participating in the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial. The goal was to determine whether intensive therapy during the trial had an effect on the rate of heart disease over 30 years of follow-up.
The findings showed a 30% reduction in heart disease over a 30-year follow-up period. There was also a 32% decrease in the incidence of major cardiovascular disease events among type 1 diabetes patients in intensive therapy.
These findings were published in Diabetes Care on February 9, 2016.