Hypoglycaemia in elderly diabetics

Authors: Marián Mokáň;  Peter Galajda
Authors‘ workplace: I. Interná klinika JLF UK a UN Martin
Published in: Forum Diab 2020; 142(3): 153-157


Hypoglycaemia is limiting factor of treatment of patients with diabetes mellitus. Older age is significant risk factor for hypoglycaemia and incidence of hypoglycaemia is significantly increased after age of 75 years. Neurological symptoms without warning autonomic signs occur more often in older age. Hypoglycaemia in these patients have severe consequences and can worsen their survival. Risk factors of hypoglycaemia in older patients include co­gnitive dysfunction, dementia, cardiovascular diseases, chronic kidney disease and other comorbidities. In older patients with higher risk of hypoglycaemia we prefer less strict glycaemic control and treatment with low risk of hypoglycaemia.


cardiovascular diseases – chronic kidney disease – cognitive dysfunction – dementia – diabetes mellitus – hypoglycaemia – older age

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