J Korean Diabetes > Volume 20(4); 2019 > Article
The Journal of Korean Diabetes 2019;20(4):225-232.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4093/jkd.2019.20.4.225    Published online January 17, 2020.
노인 당뇨병 환자의 혈당조절을 위한 약물치료
Pharmacological Therapy of Diabetes in the Elderly.
Junghyun Noh
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. jjhnoh@paik.ac.kr
The prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is expected to increase in the geriatric group with increasing incidence of diabetes with aging and improved life expectancy. Therefore, effective and safe treatment of older T2DM patients is becoming more important in clinical practice. The elderly show heterogeneous individual functional status, and some may have physical handicaps, visual defects, cognitive dysfunction, or psychological disorders such as depression. Therefore, individual approaches depending on presence and progression of geriatric syndromes, comorbidities, and risk of hypoglycemia are important in pharmacological treatment of T2DM in older patients.
Key Words: Aged, Antidiabetic medication, Diabetes mellitus

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