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Sugar study suggests new stroke approach needed

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Research from UT Southwestern Medical Center shows patients with Type 2 diabetes who have an acute ischemic stroke have equally favourable results when their blood sugar levels are controlled with intermittent insulin shots compared with continuous insulin treatment using an IV.

The study is the first evidence-based validation of glucose-control guidelines for blood sugar management in patients with hyperglycaemia after stroke, researchers say.

Dr Christiana Hall, associate professor of neurology and neurotherapeutics at UT Southwestern’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute, says: “The study upholds the most common standard of care practice utilised over the years. It’s what our guidelines recommend, even though we never had strong data to support them.

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