How to overcome challenges of diabetes screening and treatment in seniors

7:52 AM, Apr 04, 2019
10:02 AM, Jun 03, 2019

Chances are you know an elderly person with diabetes, maybe even in your own family. A 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that rates of diagnosed diabetes increase with age. Among those ages 45-64 years, 17 percent had diabetes. And among those ages 65 years and older, 25 percent had diabetes.

While not diagnosing or undertreating diabetes is still a problem, experts say overtreating is common in seniors with diabetes and that can lead to serious health problems.

Diabetes type confusion exists

Avoiding diabetes type confusion and deciding on appropriate care and treatment are key. The assumption of type 2 diabetes instead of type 1 diabetes by health care professionals remains a challenge that older adults might encounter in getting proper care, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Consider clinical trials as assessment and treatment option

Because so many adults live with diabetes, there is a constant need for research to assess effective treatments and look for new ways to manage the condition.

To achieve these goals researchers, medical device and drug developers encourage everybody to participate in cutting edge clinical trials. Explore San Diego Connect to learn more about it in short interview sequences.

At AMCR Institute clinical trial volunteers, partners and experienced friendly staff enjoy working together in an environment of mutual respect that fosters personal growth and optimal health. Placing the care, safety, and confidentiality of volunteers first is one of their corporate values.

If you or your loved ones are living with diabetes and are interested in participating in a clinical trial, consider contacting AMCR Institute, a San Diego-based research center that specializes in metabolic research including diabetes and obesity.

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