A latest research reveals that several older adults with diabetes are being over treated. Researchers have failed to define the appropriate ways to deal with the glucose level of adults.
A team of researchers closely analyzed the glycemic control of older patients with diabetes. The chief purpose of the study is to determine possible overtreatment of the disease.
They accumulated data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 2001 to 2010. The data included around 1,288 diabetes patients of age 65 and above. Experts categorized patients into three different groups: healthy, comparatively low health and poor health condition.
The study revealed that 61.5 percent participants had a tight glycemic control. It indicates that there blood sugar level is less than 7 percent. In simple words, the research shows that around two-third of older adult patients of diabetes go through intensive strategies to lower glucose level. There are chances that these treatments can push the glucose level of patients to a dangerous low.
According to American Diabetes Association (ADA), the blood sugar of a healthy adult should be less than 7 percent. The ratio is essential to get the hemoglobin A. On the other hand, the American Association of Clinical endocrinologists (AACE) suggest that level of blood sugar should be below 6.5 percent.
The study is printed Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine