Chronic Diseases in Geriatric Patients

Book Series: Recent Advances in Geriatric Medicine

Volume 1


Tuck Yean Yong

DOI: 10.2174/97816810824551160101
eISBN: 978-1-68108-245-5, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-68108-246-2
ISSN: 2468-2241 (Print)
ISSN: 2468-225X (Online)

Indexed in: EBSCO.

The incidence of multiple chronic diseases affecting a single individual is high among elderly patients. This incidence...[view complete introduction]
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Crossing New Frontiers in the Care of Older Adults with Diabetes Mellitus

- Pp. 50-72 (23)

Tuck Yean Yong and Kareeann Sok Fun Khow


Diabetes mellitus has a significant impact on the health and well-being of older people with this condition. The prevalence of diabetes and its associated complications is increasing in older people, leading to decline in functional status and quality of life. The appropriateness of tight glycaemic, blood pressure and lipid control for an older person with diabetes needs to be assessed individually. Although many pharmacological treatments for diabetes are available, their use in older people can be challenging due to increased risk of adverse reactions and drug-drug interactions with other medications. Rates of geriatric syndromes (e.g. depression, cognitive impairment, functional disability, urinary incontinence and falls) are increased in older people with diabetes. Multidisciplinary and multidimensional approach to management is essential to maintain independence and quality of life in older people with diabetes.

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