Studies: Intense treatment doesn't help diabetics

ATLANTA (AP) - A new study is disappointing for diabetics looking to lower their risk of heart attacks. Doctors say that trying to aggressively lower blood pressure or fats in the bloodstream beyond the targets they aim for now did not reduce the number of heart attacks that diabetics suffered.

The analysis of nearly 10,000 people was sponsored by the federal government.

Medical experts say no one should go off any medicine without first checking with a doctor. However, the new study means that it is even more important for diabetics to keep a healthy diet and exercise.

The results were given Sunday at an American College of Cardiology conference in Atlanta.

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