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Diabetes in the Elderly

  • Klara Rosenquist
  • Kitt F. Petersen
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Abstract

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia, resulting from a relative or absolute deficiency of insulin [1]. Type 2 diabetes is the most common chronic metabolic disease in the elderly, affecting ∼30 ­million individuals 65 years of age or older in developed countries [2]. It is estimated that approximately 40% of ­people over the age of 65 have diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) [3, 4] (Fig. 39.1).

Keywords

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test Muscle Glucose Uptake Muscle Insulin Resistance Pancreatic Insulin Secretion Sulfonylurea Drug 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Internal Medicine (Endocrinology)Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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