In order to help combat an increased risk for life-threatening cardiovascular diseases, people with type I and type II diabetes would be well advised to monitor their blood sugar levels more than the standard twice a day, according to a new study.
Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 13 previously published observational studies focused on the relationship between blood sugar levels and cardiovascular disease. Results showed that blood sugar levels play a role in the development of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease. Also, diabetics are twice as likely to die from these types of disorders than non-diabetics.
According to researchers, in type II diabetics, it is estimated that for every 1-percent rise in glycated hemoglobin levels, there is an 18-percent rise in the risk for developing large-vessel cardiovascular disease.
Researchers recommend monitoring blood sugar levels along with close monitoring of the usual markers for cardiovascular disease, such as cholesterol and blood pressure.