Elderly diabetes vigilance

The US study of 1288 elderly patients with diabetes showed two-thirds of those with “complex” or “very complex” health issues were maintaining tight blood-glucose control (HbA1c <7%), possibly putting them at risk of hypoglycaemia.

With 700,000 Australians older than 60 diagnosed with diabetes, hypoglycaemia was a big problem, warned Diabetes Australia CEO Professor Greg Johnson.

Hypoglycaemia is associated with increased mortality, cardiovascular disease, falls, dementia and low health-related quality of life.The researchers found that 60% of those with