Lab results do little to change older adults' behavior, research finds

Here's discouraging news: New research has found poor results from blood sugar and blood pressure tests did not appear to prompt healthy changes to diet and exercise among older adults.

On the bright side, the study turned up a few exceptions. The research analyzed results from the 2006, 2008 and 2010 National Institute on Aging's Health and Retirement Study and found some participants lost weight, quit smoking or curbed their drinking after laboratory tests revealed dangerously high blood sugar or blood pressure levels. But not many.Ryan Edwards, Ryan Edwards, an economist and City University of New York associate professor, conducted the analysis. Edwards did so after hearing doctors discuss the critical information about patients' health risks that clinicians glean from laboratory results, the economist said during an interview. He wondered how patients react to lab work when the results are ominous.

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