Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health have published a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) suggesting that diabetics with Type 1 diabetes can expect to live much longer if they would control their blood glucose immediately after diagnosis.

Usually diagnosed in children and young adults, Type 1 diabetes can turn deadly if not treated in time; but the early control of blood glucose immediately after diagnosis minimizes the risks of mortality in people with this condition.

According to the latest report, diabetic patients that adequately manage their blood sugar levels early enough have recorded a 33% mortality rate over the past decade, and this suggests that blood glucose control is key to living healthier and longer with Type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Trevor Orchard, a professor of epidemiology at Pitt Public Health underscores the need for medical doctors to teach patients early blood glucose control immediately their diagnosis is out. Patients must be tutored to understand that their longevity depends largely on how well they are able to bring their blood sugar under control, and to rule out the necessity of any intensive therapy that might turn out expensive.

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