Age of diabetes development has different meaning

The age at which someone is diagnosed with diabetes has a completely different influence on his or her life . According to new research conducted at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, middle-aged diabetes sufferers and those diagnosed later in life make up two distinct groups.
The research is published in leading journal Diabetes Care, and aimed to uncover variations in disease burdens and the different treatment goals of different age groups. Using data from almost 3,000 patients from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the study team presented estimates.
The lead author of the study, Elizabeth Selvi, said: “The number of individuals aged 65 or older in the U.S. is increasing markedly, and diabetes is a growing problem in this population. In addition, people are living to much older ages with high quality of life, which speaks to the need for more aggressive treatment among elderly persons with diabetes.”
Selvin continued: “The two types of elderly persons with diabetes have distinct characteristics, including different burdens of disease. Elderly people with diabetes are a heterogeneous group, and doctors may need to consider different treatment goals for these two groups in clinical practice.”

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