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"ASH: Diabetes risk slowed with angiotensin receptor blocker"

Medical Post

Source: Medical Post

Published: 21 Jun 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (2½ stars)

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Researchers took a closer look at the massive data from a major clinical trial and found that receiving the angiotensin receptor blocker valsartan helped prevent hypertensives from developing diabetes.

"These new results should help physicians as they select anti-hypertensive agents for their patients, especially for those at higher risk of developing diabetes," said Dr. Kenneth Jamerson, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

"Since we know from other studies that other hypertension medications such as diuretics come with a higher risk of diabetes, this result is especially interesting."

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Criteria Rating
Total Score 4 of 9
Availability of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Not Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)
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Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Applicable

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This article's key strength may be in the discussion of the evidence. Though not discussed specifically, the size and general characteristics of the study are disclosed.

The evidence is reported in both absolute and relative frames, or the absolute frame only, and rates with and without treatment. This, however, is not balanced by a discussion of rates of harm. Nor does the article make any attempt at independent corroboration of the evidence.

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