Rates of Complications and Mortality in Older Patients With Diabetes Mellitus The Diabetes and Aging Study

JAMA: December 09, 2013

Importance  In the coming decades, the population of older adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus is expected to grow substantially. Understanding the clinical course of diabetes in this population is critical for establishing evidence-based clinical practice recommendations, identifying research priorities, allocating resources, and setting health care policies.

Objective  To contrast the rates of diabetes complications and mortality across age and diabetes duration categories.

Design, Setting, and Participants  This cohort study (2004-2010) included 72 310 older (≥60 years) patients with type 2 diabetes enrolled in a large, integrated health care delivery system. Incidence densities (events per 1000 person-years) were calculated for each age category (60-69, 70-79, and ≥80 years) and duration of diabetes (shorter [0-9 years] vs longer [≥10 years]). Read More