Science keeps plodding along to help save us from ourselves…
While the reduction in blood pressure was modest (an average of 5.6/2.2 mm Hg), at 4.3 years the treated group had a relative risk reduction of 14 percent for coronary heart disease events, 18 percent for cardiovascular deaths, 14 percent for deaths of any cause, and 21 percent for developing new or worsening kidney disease.
MacMahon calculated that one death could be avoided among every 78 patients treated for five years. Because type-2 diabetes is so common worldwide, he added that treatment such as this could prevent as many as 1.5 million deaths, even if given to only half of the world’s diabetics.
I love that they have bothered to report the Numbers Needed to Treat here ie 78 people treated saves 1 life. It’s worth pointing out though that they haven’t prevented 1.5m deaths so much as postponed them! More