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Geriatric Medicine

Diabetes and Aging in Elderly Patients: Aging diabetes patients often present complex cases. They routinely have multiple comorbidities, polypharmacy, and numerous frailties. Treatment is very case specific for the elderly. The healthcare professional must take all these factors into account when developing a treatment plan and regimen. New insights are frequently emerging from clinical research to help improve geriatric diabetes patient outcomes.

Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Diabetes

Researchers found that the Alzheimer’s gene ApoE4 could be linked to type 3 diabetes. The Apolipoprotein E (APOE) gene is one of the strongest genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. Diabetes and impaired insulin signaling in the brain are linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This study shows how …

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Sometimes You’ve Got to Get in Their Face

Woman, 86 years of age, very active, history of type 2 diabetes, but does not check glucose or even admit she has diabetes. She has refused to take any medications at all for the last 20+ years I’ve known her. Had gastroenteritis for 3 days. Even when well, she does not drink anything but coffee, and sometimes sugar-sweetened beverages, but only a few ounces of that at a time.

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