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Endocrinology clinic

Diana’s diabetes

Pat Phillips

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Abstract

Increasing age is the main driver of diabetes prevalence and many older women have undiagnosed type 2 diabetes.

Article Extract

Type 2 diabetes, like several other endocrinological conditions, is common and often goes unrecognised in older women. This article reviews type 2 diabetes, including
its prevalence and risk factors, the metabolic syndrome and medications associated with weight gain (hypoglycaemics and others).

Case scenario

Diana is 68 years old and is concerned that she might have diabetes after one of her friends told her that one in two Australians have early or established diabetes.

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