Older Diabetics with Complications at Higher Fall Risk
Older individuals suffering from complications of type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of falling, researchers found.
Ann V. Schwartz, PhD, of the
Higher cystatin-C levels (a marker of decreased renal function), reduced peroneal nerve response magnitude, and poorer contrast sensitivity increased the risk of falling, investigators reported in Diabetes Care (2008;31:391-396). Insulin users with tight blood glucose control (hemoglobin A1c of 6% or below) also were at increased risk.
Achieving lower HbA1c levels with oral hypoglycemic agents was not associated with more frequent falls.