My Own Accord.
I'm reading through the pile of emails about the ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) - there are several already this morning - then clicking through to the Dallas News, then to the NY Times front page headline.
It's all about what sells, right? Getting the attention of people? Telling them that "tight control can kill you"? Anything to get people to click through, right?
Tight control, whether you're type 1 or type 2 diabetic, keeps diabetes-related complications at bay. This is a fact, proven by countless studies and evidenced by a whole host of patients. To start telling people that tight control will kill them is irresponsible. As stated in the dLife Today blog: "It's important to note that the increased risk was slight, and was specific to only a subset of patients who had two or more risk factors for heart disease outside of diabetes or who had pre-existing heart disease upon entering the study."
But these specifics aren't what sell papers. Headlines like "Patients getting aggressive diabetes treatment have higher death risk" are the ones my friends and family will click on and become fearful of, knowing full well that I am diabetic and use an insulin pump (considered aggressive treatment). Thanks to all of the media chatter, people are up in arms about this study, assuming at first glance that results apply to all people with diabetes.
Kelly Close of diaTribe and Close Concerns said it best: "... if you are type 1, you can read this piece with interest, but know that ACCORD has zero to do with you. If you are type 2 and newly diagnosed, keep moving on your plan - ACCORD has zero to do with you. If you have had type 2 for awhile but don't fall into the "high risk" profile, keep your goals intact."
Mom, this study doesn't apply to me. My control goals remain the same.