Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in the Elderly

Munshi MN, Maguchi M, Segal AR.
Curr Diab Rep. 2012 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print] 

As the number of older adults increases in the United States and worldwide, management of patients with multiple coexisting chronic diseases has become a critical component in health care. Management of diabetes is particularly challenging in this population due to significant risks of microvascular and macrovascular diseases on the one hand, and complications of the treatment strategies (e.g., hypoglycemia) with intensive control on the other hand. To provide a balanced approach to diabetes in the elderly, a comprehensive and holistic strategy, with consideration of overall health, functional status, psychosocial environment, financial resources and, finally but most importantly, quality of life is needed. Understanding the unique challenges faced by older adults with diabetes and issues pertaining to antidiabetes medications with aging is an important first step in the direction of better and tailored care of this burgeoning population.  

 

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