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Find research articles and resources related to diabetes prevention and care in older adults.

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  • This consensus report addresses several questions regarding the care of older adults managing and at risk for diabetes. Published October 2012 in Diabetes Care and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
    American Diabetes Association / American Geriatrics Association
  • This fact sheet reviews the objectives and results of the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), a major clinical trial aimed at discovering whether either diet and exercise or the oral diabetes drug metformin could prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people with impaired glucose tolerance. Pertinent to older adults, this trial found that lifestyle changes worked particularly well for participants aged 60 and older, reducing their risk by 71 percent.
    National Diabetes Education Program
  • Given the extraordinary burden of diabetes on patients, their families, the medical community, society, and the economy, the National Diabetes Education Program has prepared this toolkit to provide health care professionals and teams with evidence and resources to identify, counsel, and support patients to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
    National Diabetes Education Program
  • This article outlines how health care professionals should tailor diabetes management to their elderly patients, including simplifying treatment plans and relaxing A1c and blood pressure goals in favor of quality of life and minimizing drug side effects.
    Medical Clinics of North America, December 2014
  • This resource gives specific evidence-based clinical guidelines for older adults with diabetes. The recommendations are designed to support health care professionals to provide a multidimensional, integrated approach to the comprehensive management of diabetes in older adults.
    International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
  • The National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) is a public-private partnership of community organizations, private insurers, health care organizations, employers, and government agencies. Partners work to establish local evidence-based lifestyle change programs for people at high risk for type 2 diabetes.
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Historically, geriatric adults with diabetes have been given similar treatment goals as younger adults. However, there is increasing recognition that geriatric patients differ from younger patients, and there are important differences even within the geriatric population. Therefore, it is critical for health-care professionals to understand changes associated with aging and how these can impact diabetes treatment in order to best individualize care.
    Practical Diabetology, November/December 2014

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