April 25th, 2009

Podcast 40: Tight control in type 2 diabetes — time to loosen up? A conversation with Mayo’s Victor Montori.

The Annals of Internal Medicine published an intriguing essay online last week about tight glycemic control in type 2 diabetes. Its authors argue that we’ve got it all wrong: imposing tight controls is only subjecting patients to stresses — related to the complexities and costs of treatment — that make control less likely to succeed. In addition, the supposed benefits of that control haven’t been confirmed by the available evidence. They advocate a backing-off of the current stern limits, which might make visits to clinicians feel less like a visit to the principal’s office. Listen in on a conversation with Dr. Victor Montori, one of the essay’s coauthors.

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