Are Intensive Diabetes Treatment Regimens Harmful to Older Patients?

New research reveals many older diabetics with compromised health who maintain intensive treatment regimens with tight glycemic control and diabetes medications may have a higher risk of hypoglycemia and other adverse effects. The JAMA Internal Medicine study analyzed NHANES data (2001 through 2010) from 1288 patients ≥65 years who were divided into 3 categories: relatively healthy, those with complex medical histories, and those with significant additional illnesses. The authors note it is important for patients and health care professionals to recognize both the harms and benefits of glycemic control to make informed decisions on glucose-lowering treatment.

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New research reveals many older diabetics with compromised health who maintain intensive treatment regimens with tight glycemic control and diabetes medications may have a higher risk of hypoglycemia and other adverse effects. The JAMA Internal Medicine study analyzed NHANES data (2001 through 2010) from 1288 patients ≥65 years who were divided into 3 categories: relatively healthy, those with complex medical histories, and those with significant additional illnesses. The authors note it is important for patients and health care professionals to recognize both the harms and benefits of glycemic control to make informed decisions on glucose-lowering treatment.

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