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Middle-aged and older adults with diabetes show substantial survival rates (US)
3rd May 2012
News Medical Net
Middle-aged and older adults with diabetes showed substantial survival rates in a new University of Michigan Health System study of retirees.
Survival rates were strong even for adults living in nursing homes or who have multiple health issues like dementia and disabilities that make self-managed care for diabetes difficult.
The findings were published in the Journal of Gerontology and revealed even older adults may benefit from interventions that can prevent or delay the complications of diabetes, which include poor vision, nerve damage, heart disease and kidney failure.
"We went into this thinking that people in the limited health group would have substantial mortality but with the exception of patients over age 76 with the poorest health status, all showed strong survival rates," says lead study author Christine T. Cigolle, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of family medicine and internal medicine at the U-M Medical School and research scientist at the VA.
There is no cure for diabetes, but those with type 2 diabetes can prevent complications through regimens that may involve multiple medications and changes in diet and physical activity.