Monitoring diabetes in the aged worthwhile

Despite an abundance of political dialogue around both our ageing population and rapidly rising rates of diabetes, current clinical guidelines that combine the two are decidedly lacking.

Spurred by the omission of key age-related issues in most diabetes guidelines, such as frailty, changing mental health, limited function and increasing dependency, three international diabetes groups recently held a series of focus groups and round table discussions on how diabetes management could be improved in older people.

In July, a collaborative position statement

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