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Geriatr Nurs. 2003 May-Jun;24(3):138-45.

Diabetes-associated bladder dysfunction in the older adult (CE).

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  • 1Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Diabetic cystopathy is a chronic complication of diabetes with a classic triad of symptoms: decreased bladder sensation, increased bladder capacity, and impaired detrusor contractility. This article discusses age- and diabetes-related changes that affect lower urinary tract function. The article also reviews bladder function in the older adult diabetic, explores bladder dysfunction prevention, and suggests management strategies for diabetic cystopathy. Little research has been published to date to guide practice in this area, and opportunities exist for nursing research to fill the gap in knowledge.

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