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Caring for older people with diabetes: think ‘person’ not ‘diabetes'

Trisha Dunning

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Abstract

Older people with diabetes have different care needs to younger people with diabetes. The management focus changes from tight blood glucose control to the maintenance of function, safety and quality of life. Care must be tailored to the individual.

Article Extract

Older age is a risk factor for diabetes: approximately 20% of older people have diabetes and 20% are at risk.1 More than 25% of people in residential aged care facilities have known diabetes.2 Type 2 diabetes is the most common, but people with type 1 diabetes are living longer and type 1 diabetes can be diagnosed in older age. 

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