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Polypharmacy is associated with increased all-cause mortality, macrovascular complications and hospitalization in older people with type 2 diabetes, according to a Portuguese study.


There is no doubt that ‘polypharmacy’, the simultaneous use of multiple pharmaceutical drugs, is highly dangerous. This is especially the case in older people. A study published in 2016 found that older people taking multiple pharmaceutical drugs face a significantly greater risk of frailty, disability and death. Following 1,705 men aged 70 and older over a nine-year period, the researchers found that each additional medication added to a patient’s regimen was associated with a 22 percent increased risk of going from a state of robust health to dying during the period of the study.

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Read article on the Diabetes Times website (UK)