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The ACCORD Study

The newest installment in the "Sound Medicine" “How’d That Work?” series examines the federally funded ACCORD study, which looked at more than 10,000 middle-aged men with Type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular risk factors. In February 2008, the study was ended because early results showed that strictly controlling blood sugar levels increased the risk of death. According to Paris Roach, M.D., says the ACCORD study showed researchers that really intensive glucose control caused more harm and did not yield positive results. Physicians can now treat patients with diabetes and high cardiovascular risk with modified blood sugar standards.