Longitudinal incidence and prevalence of adverse outcomes of diabetes mellitus in elderly patients.
BACKGROUND: The natural history of type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) in the elderly has not been previously described in a national longitudinal sample. METHODS: This national longitudinal analysis (January 1, 1991, to December 31, 2004) examines mortality and morbidity rates in a representative sample of elderly patients newly diagnosed as having DM. Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed as having DM in 1994 (n=33,772) were compared with a control group (n=25,563) regarding death, lower extremity co...Expand abstract
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