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Med Klin (Munich). 2003 Apr 25;98(5):287-91.

[Insulin secretion and aging. Implications for insulin therapy in the geriatric patient with diabetes mellitus].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Abteilung Innere Medizin I, Medizinische Universitätsklinik, Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen. andreas.fritsche@med.uni-tuebingen.de


Diabetes mellitus has become a global epidemic. With diabetes prevalence highest in old age groups and aging populations, it is the prevalence among the elderly, above all, where most dramatic increases can be expected. The present paper summarizes the age-related metabolic abnormalities resulting in diabetes mellitus, specifically the progressive decline in beta-cell function. In addition, insulin therapy in the elderly is described. Among the many different insulins and therapeutic algorithms, advantages and disadvantages pertaining to the elderly will be highlighted. Specifics in frequency, pathophysiology, and avoidance of severe hypoglycemia in the elderly are discussed.

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