“I think that’s the reason the rates are a bit lower” for seniors, he said.
Dr. Ratner said he believes the data for older diabetics simply reflects the fact that “you’re seeing the survival cohort. They’ve made it past the difficult time.”
We’re all going to die, he said. “The issue is when does it happen? With diabetes, it’s happening years ahead of time – in their 50s and early 60s, more so than when they reach 75. The younger you are, the greater that risk. That’s when aggressive therapy should be given.”