High Blood Sugar and Strokes

Condition puts stroke victims at greater risk of death, study finds

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FRIDAY, July 19, 2002 (HealthDayNews) -- People who suffer a stroke and have high blood sugar face a greater death risk than stroke victims with normal blood sugar levels.

So says a study in a recent issue of the journal Neurology.

The study examined medical records of 656 stroke patients hospitalized over a five-year period. More than 40 percent of them had high blood sugar levels. Those people were at greater risk of death 30 days, 1 year and 5 years after their stroke than those with normal blood sugar levels.

The stroke patients with high blood sugar levels also had longer and more expensive hospital stays, the study says.

The study was done by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center, and the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care.

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SOURCE: Indiana University School of Medicine news release, July 9, 2002

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