Blood Sugar on older diabetics might be too low
Older people who have diabetes and take care of their levels, might be overdoing it a bit. According to a new study older diabetics might be doing too good a job at keeping their blood sugar down.
When diagnosed with the disease, regardless of the age, patients are advised and taught to maintain their blood sugar levels at a certain low level. However, this new study by the Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut have found that many diabetics over the age of 65 are at risk of pushing their blood sugar levels way too low. This situation is more present with older adults that are struggling with multiple serious illnesses and functional limitations. The benefits of a more rigorous blood sugar control might be overshadowed by the risks of low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, according to the authors of this study.
Diabetes glucose or blood sugar control is achieved by monitoring the blood levels by using a Glucose meter. This device works by analyzing small blood samples gathered in a test strip. The device will tell the person with diabetes or their caregiver the blood sugar levels, and ideally, seek to raise the levels or lower them. According to this study, many older diabetics might not keep a balance on their levels and could be focused on lowering them constantly.
Dr. Kasia J. Lipska was the lead author of this study. She and her team of researchers used date of 1288 diabetics all aged 65 or older taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys from 2001 through 2010. Based on their findings they saw that 21 percent of the population studies had “poor” health. From the survey information the scanned to see how tightly the patients were controlling their blood sugar levels. Almost two-thirds of the older adults studied maintained a tight blood sugar control.
Dr. Lipska and their team also stated that the study did not assess how many of the people in the survey were harmed by diabetes overtreatment. They stated that the results are displaying the estimate of how many people are treated in a way that is unlikely to benefit them and more likely to harm them. What they were set on investigating was to see if procedure and a different approach for this portion of the diabetic population to controlling the Blood Sugar Levels.