One-size-fits-all approach can lead to over-treatment in older diabetes patients

January 12, 2015 4:03 PM

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One-size-fits-all approach can lead to over-treatment in older diabetes patients

Diabetes treatments have saved many lives, but in older patients with multiple medical conditions, aggressively controlling blood sugar with insulin and sulfonylurea drugs, could lead to over-treatment and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), according to new research by Yale School of Medicine researchers.

Published in the Jan. 12 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, the study found that many older diabetes patients received aggressive treatment for their disease regardless of their health status and blood sugar levels. In patients with diabetes age 65 and older, this could result in hypoglycemia (low blo...

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