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Older patients with diabetes are often overtreated, say researchers

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 27 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5698
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Older patients with diabetes whose treatment had resulted in very low blood pressure or haemoglobin A1c levels rarely had their medicines reduced or withdrawn, a US study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has found.1 The authors said that this represents a lost opportunity to reduce overtreatment among older people that can put them at risk of serious adverse events.

The retrospective cohort study included 211 667 diabetes patients with a mean age of 78 who were receiving treatment for blood pressure and blood glucose level control. More than half of the cohort received treatment that …

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