Diabetes mellitus – geriatric syndroms, aims and therapeutic options in the elderly


Authors: P. Weber;  H. Meluzínová;  D. Prudius
Authors‘ workplace: Klinika interní, geriatrie a praktického lékařství LF MU a FN Brno
Published in: Geriatrie a Gerontologie 2014, 3, č. 4: 194-198
Category: Review Article

Overview

Diabetes mellitus (DM) occurs in elderly patients often in the context of multimorbidity and may participate in the creation and development of significant disability. It can then significantly influence all other diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Treatment of DM in old age is based on the same principles as in younger individuals: diet, physical activity, eventually drugs. The goals that need to be taken into account when selecting therapy DM are: diabetic age, including life expectancy, the presence of macro-and microangiopathic complications, degree of self-sufficiency, family environment and economic conditions, nutritional habits (including condition of teeth), other disabilities – mental, motor, visual and auditory. This article briefly describes the therapeutic possibilities of DM.

Keywords:
diabetes mellitus – old age – geriatric syndromes – goals of treatment – treatment options


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