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No generation gap found in diabetes education

Older people in their 60s and 70s with diabetes benefited just as much as younger diabetics by attending classes to learn how to keep their blood sugar in check, according to a study in Diabetes Care.

About 27% of people over 65 have diabetes. This has spurred interest among doctors in finding the best way to help their older patients. Do older adults respond better to individual diabetes counseling rather than group settings?

The 222 participants in the study were age 18 to 75, and all were having trouble keeping their blood sugar in check. They were chosen at random to receive education about nutrition, exercise, and medications either in group classes or one-on-one counseling sessions with a diabetes educator.

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