Diabetes Mellitus: Clinical Aspects

  • W. J. MacLennan
  • N. R. Peden

Abstract

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality in old age. Since impaired carbohydrate tolerance appears to be a normal feature of ageing, there has been a prolonged debate as to whether non-insulin-dependent diabetes in the elderly is an ageing phenomenon or a disease process. Again, many of the atherosclerotic complications of diabetes mellitus closely resemble those of normal ageing, so that the question has been raised as to whether or not the disorder causes an exacerbation of the ageing process (Kent 1976). Far from being of mere academic interest, these issues are of fundamental importance in the diagnosis and management of diabetes mellitus and its complications in the elderly.

Keywords

Osteoporosis Lipase Pancreatitis Ketone Dehydration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. MacLennan
    • 1
  • N. R. Peden
    • 2
  1. 1.University of EdinburghEdinburghScotland, UK
  2. 2.Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary, Major’s LoanFalkirkScotland, UK

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