Diabetes Treatment Could Save 100,000
Byline: Jenny Hope
TENS of thousands of lives could be saved by giving a drug that lowersblood pressure to everyone with diabetes, scientists have discovered.
Findings from the largest trial of its kind could revolutionise the treatmentoffered to Britain's 1.8million patients with type 2 diabetes. At present, onlythose with high blood pressure are offered medication such as ACE inhibitor anddiuretic drugs.
But a five-year study has shown that using Coversyl Plus - a combination ofthese drugs - reduces the risk of death from heartrelated problems and kidneyfailure by 18 per cent.
All patients, including those with normal blood pressure and those alreadytaking drugs to combat high blood pressure and cholesterol, benefited fromCoversyl Plus.
Heart disease is the major cause of death in Diabetes treatment diabetes andresearchers estimate one death could be avoided for every 80 patients treatedwith the drug for five years.
This means that in the UK almost 25,000 lives could be saved over that periodby treating all diagnosed diabetics at a cost of 50p a day.
Diabetes is expected to affect three million Britons by the end of the decadeso up to 100,000 premature deaths could be prevented within a generation.
Results from the study were released yesterday at the European Society ofCardiology annual meeting in Vienna and published online in The Lancet medicaljournal.
Professor Stephen MacMahon, co-principal researcher at The George Institute forcould save International Health in Sydney, said: 'The results should have majorimplications for guidelines, clinical care and public policies. …