Diabetes Overkill: Are You Being Over-Treated?

Diabetes is a disease that has some serious potential complications, so it's only natural that when you're diagnosed your doctor wants to get your blood sugar levels down. Some new studies, however, are revealing that many patients treatment plans are too aggressive.

Over-treating Diabetes

According to the recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 62 percent of Type 2 diabetes patients had A1c results of less than 7 percent, regardless of whether they were in good health, moderate health or poor health.

Not everyone needs an A1c of lower than 7 percent. In some people, low blood sugar or excess insulin and medications can carry their own risks. According to Dr. Kasia Lipska, an assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine, “For many patients it seems like we’ve gone a little too far.”

The Solution

It's important for both patients and health care providers to remember that Type 2 diabetes does not have a 'one size fits all' solution. Just as not getting enough treatment can be problematic, over-treatment can also have detrimental effects.

Older patients are particularly at risk for over treatment. Patients should discuss treatment goals with their health care providers, as well as the risks and benefits of any medications they might consider.

Tailoring your diabetes treatment is the best way to ensure it fits your needs, and serves you best.

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