Aim to normalize glucose levels and reduce cardiovascular mortality when managing type 2 diabetes in the elderly
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The prevalence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in older adults is rapidly increasing worldwide. The management of T2D involves normalizing hyperglycaemia and reducing cardiovascular risks, thereby improving mortality. In general, the use of antidiabetics shown to reduce the incidence of major adverse cardiovascular events and cardiovascular mortality is preferred. Despite emergence of newer class of antidiabetics, metformin remains to be a first-line treatment in patients with T2D, including those with established cardiovascular disease.
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The article was adapted from Drugs & Aging 2018;35(12):1065–78  and Drugs 2018;78(15):1567–92  by employees of Adis/Springer, who are responsible for the article content and declare no conflicts of interest.
The preparation of this review was not supported by any external funding.
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