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Diabetes study found increased risk of death

Federal officials halted part of a diabetes study after discovering that lowering blood sugar levels led to an increased risk of death from heart attack or stroke.

In a study of 10,000 middle-aged and older people with Type 2 diabetes, researchers were trying to drive blood sugar to normal levels. But they were surprised when they found that the group undergoing more aggressive treatment was at a higher risk of dying from heart attack or stroke.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common kind. American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer from the disease at rates higher than the general population.

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Deaths Halt Part of Diabetes Study (The Washington Post 2/7)
Diabetes Study Partially Halted After Deaths (The New York Times 2/7)