Many older people with diabetes who have compromised health have been kept on intensive treatment regimens, which increases the risk of hypoglycemia, researchers reported.

“The risks appear to outweigh the benefits,” said Kasia Lipska, MD MHS, an assistant professor of medicine and diabetes specialist at Yale School of Medicine, lead author of a study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. “We know that older people are at special risk.”

The JAMA Internal Medicine study echoes concerns raised last month in a MedPage Today/Journal Sentinel investigation of diabetes drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the last decade.

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