Boston—Not only is diabetes the most common cause of kidney failure, blindness, and amputations in the United States, it is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke. While such traditional risk factors as hypertension and dyslipidemia contribute to cardiovascular disease in individuals with diabetes, evidence suggests that hyperglycemia is also a risk factor. For this reason, researchers have sought to discover whether intensive control of blood glucose levels can lower cardiovascular risk in people with diabetes.
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