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All Health Risks Aren’t Equal as You Age

All Health Risks Aren’t Equal as You Age


Preventing diabetes complications is a priority for people of all ages, but a study found that older adults have unique risks. Researchers collected health data from more than 72,000 older adults with type 2 diabetes, analyzing participants in three age groups: 60 to 69, 70 to 79, and 80 and above. The risk for cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, and episodes of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) rose dramatically from younger to older age groups, regardless of diabetes duration. However, the risk for eye, nerve, and kidney disease depended only on diabetes duration, not age. The researchers say the results show the importance of efforts to prevent hypoglycemia and heart disease in older adults.
Source: JAMA Internal Medicine, February 2014