ID-10090006The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC) followed a group of middle age adults from various states – a subgroup of ARIC participants (1,574 of older adults) with diabetes between 2011 and 2013 was evaluated by the team of researchers in terms of the following three measures: hemoglobin A1c, LDL levels and blood pressures. Only 35% of participants previously met their A1C, LDL and blood pressure goals from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). With a recent change to less stringent goals for older adults from the ADA, the data looks better now, however, only 68% of the participants met the new goals. The researchers assume that people at this age get sick more often which make it a challenge to keep their blood glucose levels at goal. Over-treating this population can put them at higher risk for adverse effects as well. What are some strategies you take with older patients who have diabetes?


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