Posted on Nov 25, 2011

November 18, 2011 - Science Daily has reported on the developments of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) that attempted to study whether or not reducing blood sugar to near-normal levels would protect the kidney function in type 1 diabetics. 

Patients were blindly and randomly placed into 1 of 2 groups - one was treated with conventional therapy and the other was treated with the new intensive therapy. The results of the study were unveiled during the American Society of Nephrology's Annual Kidney Week and was the herald of good things to come. The results showed that patients who received this intensive type of therapy were 50% less at risk for impaired kidney function.

Ian de Boer, who led the study, commented that this research showed that the complications of kidney failure and impaired kidney function are preventable, and that the findings lend credence to the argument that glucose control is a vital course of treatment for type 1 diabetics.

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