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Studies indicate controlling blood sugar does not decrease cardiovascular risk

BY Drew Buono

SAN FRANCISCO New data has been released from two studies involving more than 21,000 people with Type 2 diabetes showing that there was no reduction in their risk of heart attack and strokes and no reductions in their death rate if they rigorously controlled their blood sugar levels, according to The New York Times. The two studies took place in the U.S. and Australia.

Both studies failed to confirm a dearly held belief that people with Type 2 diabetes could be protected from cardiovascular disease if they strictly controlled their blood sugar. This was different than a study that was ended prematurely in February and showed that patients who were rigorously controlling their blood sugar actually had a higher death rate than those who blood sugar control was less stringent.

Diabetes researchers say that the message is that patients should obtain at least moderate control of blood sugar to protect against eye, kidney and nerve disease. But for heart disease, they say, the only proven method of preventing complications is to give statins to control cholesterol, drugs to control blood pressure and aspirin to control blood clotting, and encourage people to lose weight and exercise.

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Chawla to fill new Walgreens e-commerce post

BY DSN STAFF

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has named Sona Chawla to the new position of senior vp of e-commerce, effective July 1. Chawla joins Walgreens from Dell, where she was vp of global online business.

In her new position, Chawla will oversee a team dedicated to building the sales, service and customer experience of Walgreens.com, while driving store traffic through the Web site and growing online profitability.

Before joining Dell in 2006, Chawla worked at Wells Fargo & Company from 2000 to 2006. She started with Wells Fargo as senior vp of enterprise Internet services, was named evp of Web channel management in 2003 and evp of online sales, service and marketing in 2005.

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Publix to acquire 49 Albertson’s stores

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BOISE, Idaho Albertson’s said it has accepted an offer from Publix Super Markets to purchase 49 of the company’s stores in Florida. The company intends to operate its remaining Florida division stores with the ongoing support of its distribution center in Plant City and division office in Lake Mary, Florida.

Commenting on the acquisition, Publix chief executive officer Ed Crenshaw said, “The demand for the high-quality service our associate owners provide gives us the opportunity to reinvest in these communities by acquiring additional sites for Publix stores. We continue to focus on being the premier food retailer in the areas in which we operate.” 

The acquisition is expected to be complete in September.

Winn-Dixie chairman, chief executive officer and President Peter Lynch said, “Based on our analysis, only 10 of the 49 stores are within a two-mile operating radius of a Winn-Dixie location that does not currently compete with an existing Publix. As a result, we do not believe this transaction will have a material impact on our long-term strategy or performance. Our remodeled stores continue to generate positive results. As we move forward, we will monitor business conditions and fine-tune product assortment, pricing and merchandizing efforts in each store to meet the needs of the communities we serve.”

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