Are some older patients being overtreated for diabetes?

January 13, 2015 8:09 AM

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The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, examined the glycemic control of older patients with diabetes - some with very complex and poor health - in order to assess possible overtreatment of the metabolic disorder.

For younger, healthier adults with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests that blood sugar should be controlled to achieve a hemoglobin A1c level of less than 7%. In contrast, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) recommends a level below 6.5%.

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