Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Could Reduce Heart Disease in Type 1 Diabetics
Heart disease is a common consequence of diabetes, especially when the patient’s blood sugar is not well-controlled. This disease is the leading cause of death — among both diabetics and healthy people — and it accounts for more than half of the annual fatalities of diabetics.
Researchers at Newcastle University are looking to a popular Type 2 diabetic medication as a potential treatment for slowing or delaying the onset of heart disease in Type 1 diabetic patients. Metformin, used in Type 2 patients as an additional method to lower blood sugar levels, might also help Type 1 patients in their battle against heart disease.
When used by Type 1 diabetic patients, Metformin increases a repair mechanism that undoes the damage diabetes does to blood vessels. Vascular stem cells released by the bone marrow create this repair mechanism. Metformin increases the quantity of vascular stem cells released, increasing the repair of vessels and delaying or slowing heart disease.
Researchers are now encouraging patients with Type 1 diabetes to talk to their endocrinologist about the benefits of Metformin as a supplementary treatment for their overall diabetic health.
Type 1 Diabetes Can Cause Some Disabling Conditions
Type 1 diabetics have several health conditions they must actively fight against while also controlling their blood sugar. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to vascular and heart disease, blindness, and even amputation of limbs injured by poor circulation.
If you are diabetic and cannot work due to your health conditions, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Obtaining these benefits can be complicated and denials are very common.
Fortunately, you are not alone. Contact the Disability Help Group at 800-800-2009 to schedule a consultation with one of our disability advocates today.