Nov 7, 2019

Benefits and harms of intensive glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes

BMJ : British Medical Journal
René Rodriguez-GutierrezRozalina G McCoy


Diabetes is a major and costly health concern worldwide, with high morbidity, disability, mortality, and impaired quality of life. The vast majority of people living with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. Historically, the main strategy to reduce complications of type 2 diabetes has been intensive glycemic control. However, the body of evidence shows no meaningful benefit of intensive (compared with moderate) glycemic control for microvascular and macrovascular outcomes important to patients, with the exception of reduced rates of non-fatal myocardial infarction. Intensive glycemic control does, however, increase the risk of severe hypoglycemia and incurs additional burden by way of polypharmacy, side effects, and cost. Additionally, data from cardiovascular outcomes trials showed that cardiovascular, kidney, and mortality outcomes may be improved with use of specific classes of glucose lowering drugs largely independently of their glycemic effects. Therefore, delivering evidence based, patient centered care to people with type 2 diabetes requires a paradigm shift and departure from the predominantly glucocentric view of diabetes management. Instead of prioritizing intensive glycemic control, the focus needs to be on ensuring acce...Continue Reading

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Diabetes Mellitus, Non-Insulin-Dependent
Meta Analysis (Statistical Procedure)
Myocardial Infarction
Adverse Effects
Objective (Goal)
Evidence-Based Medicine
Pharmacologic Substance

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