Prevention of diabetes in high-risk patient populations, with application to the older population

Ellie Chuang*, Mark E Molitch

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The worldwide prevalence of diabetes is expected to double to 300 million people by 2025, and nearly 40% of those currently diabetic are older than 65 years. In those who are at high risk for diabetes, including older adults, intervention with diet and exercise has been shown to markedly reduce the development of diabetes. Medications such as metformin, acarbose, troglitazone, pravastatin, ramipril, losartan and estrogen/progestin also have been shown to be effective, although benefits in older patients have not always been demonstrated. Implementation of lifestyle changes in people of all ages could dramatically reduce the size of the developing diabetes epidemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-20
Number of pages4
JournalGeriatrics and Aging
Volume7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Keywords

  • Diabetes
  • Impaired fasting glucose
  • Impaired glucose tolerance
  • Older adults
  • Primary prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aging
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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