Study: Diabetes, Age Predict Cardiovascular Procedure Complications

Duration of type 2 diabetes and advancing age are both independent predictors of cardiac procedures' morbidity and mortality in patients with the disease, according to an article in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Researchers analyzed data from approximately 72,000 type 2 diabetes patients 60 years and older. For any given age group, the risk of both microvascular complications and hypoglycemia increased with duration of the disease. For a given duration of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular complications, hypoglycemia and mortality increased with advancing age.

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Researchers concluded age and diabetes are independent predictors of diabetes morbidity and mortality." As long-term survivorship with diabetes increases and as the population ages, more research and public health efforts to reduce hypoglycemia will be needed to complement ongoing efforts to reduce cardiovascular and microvascular complications," they wrote.

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