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More frequent visits to the doctor may help individuals with diabetes improve their HbA1c test scores, indicating better blood sugar regulation, according to a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.
Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital examined the medical records of more than 26,000 individuals who suffered from diabetes. They looked for information about patients' blood sugar test scores, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
The results showed that those who saw their doctor every two weeks were able to quickly regulate glucose, lower cholesterol and improve blood pressure, compared to diabetics who visited their physician less frequently.
Medical professionals may be able to support the health of their patients by providing blood tests to check for the presence of potential complications as well as counseling to help individuals minimize lifestyle-related risk factors.
The researchers said their findings have important implications for treating individuals with poorly controlled diabetes. Ramping up the number of times these individuals see their doctor could lead to significant improvements in their condition and a reduction in their risk of experiencing health complications.
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