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Diabetes Standards of Care and Resources for Clinicians and Educators

Older Adults and Patients with Multiple Comorbidities

Older adults differ markedly in their functional abilities, level of diabetes complications, and other comorbidities, life expectancies, and level and type of social and financial resources. Older adults with diabetes are more likely than those without diabetes to develop geriatric-related difficulties, including depression, cognitive impairment, urinary incontinence, falls causing injury, and pain syndromes. All of these issues should be factored in as providers and patients set diabetes-related treatment targets. Providers who get to know their patients, their families, and their life contexts can address their patients’ medical concerns while helping them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life for many years to come.

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