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NHS is urged to implement guidelines to improve care of older people with diabetes

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1512 (Published 06 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1512
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Older people with diabetes are missing out on the essential care and aggressive treatment that can stop them developing complications, the Institute of Diabetes for Older People has warned.

The institute held a conference on 5 March to promote use of guidelines on type 2 diabetes in older people, developed by the European Diabetes Working Party for Older People.1 It launched a document outlining the particular problems faced by older people with diabetes and how doctors, nurses, and care home managers could deal with such problems.2

The prevalence of diabetes in people aged over 60 years is nearly seven times that in the 20-39 age group, it said. Over half (54%) of the 3.8 million people with diabetes in the United Kingdom are aged 60 years or over, and this proportion will …

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