La malattia diabetica nell'anziano

Translated title of the contribution: Diabetic disease in the elderly

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More than half of those with type 2 diabetes are over 65 years of age, and a quarter are over 75 years of age. The increasing life expectancy will lead to further increases in the prevalence of diabete in older people. Diabetes in the elderly is often associated with other diseases (vascular, heart and kidney diseases) and reduced functional status leading to chronic and worsening disability. The criteria for screening and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes in the elderly do not differ from those in the young and adult populations. Since elderly individuals are more susceptible to hypoglycamia, an increased cutoff level of HbA1c should be used as a therapeutic target. Therapy is more complex due to comorbidities and to frequent polytherapy.

Translated title of the contributionDiabetic disease in the elderly
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)80-82
Number of pages3
JournalRivista Italiana della Medicina di Laboratorio
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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