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Diabetes Care. 2017 Apr;40(4):461-467. doi: 10.2337/dc16-1229.

Cognitive Dysfunction in Older Adults With Diabetes: What a Clinician Needs to Know.

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Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA


One of the challenges of managing older adults with diabetes is the individualization of care in people with multiple comorbid conditions. Although macrovascular and microvascular complications of diabetes are well recognized, there is a lack of awareness regarding other conditions such as cognitive dysfunction, depression, and physical disabilities. Cognitive dysfunction is of particular importance because of its impact on self-care and quality of life. In this Perspective, I discuss common and practical questions faced by clinicians managing diabetes in older adults who also have cognitive dysfunction.

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