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Diabetes and Geriatrics

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High Blood Glucose Could Lead to Cataracts in Older Type 2 People
Feb 1, 1999 | 
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are suggesting that high blood glucose levels help cause cataracts in older patients with type 2 diabetes.
Fasting Glucose Test Could Hurt Elderly Women Through Failure to Detect Diabetes
Oct 1, 1998 | 
Two-thirds of people with type 2 diabetes are experiencing high blood sugar after eating, but not after fasting. Thus, a fasting glucose test fails to identify this type of diabetes, known as IPH, or Isolated Postchallenge Hyperglycemia. Because IPH diabetes prevalence increases with age, a fasting glucose test will miss a diabetes diagnosis among the elderly population, particularly elderly women.
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Insulin Bottles More Accessible for the Visually Impaired
Feb 1, 1998 | 
Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk and the FDA met in June of last year to discuss how to make insulin bottles more distinguishable for the visually impaired. Participants agreed that a coding system using horizontal raised bars would be the most effective. If the FDA accepts the plan, the four code categories will be as follows: one bar for rapid-acting insulin analogs, two bars for regular insulins, three bars for insulin mixtures and four bars for intermediate- and long-acting insulins.
Prozac May Aid Weight Loss in Elderly Type 2 Patients
Jan 1, 1996 | 
Fluoxetine is the generic name for Prozac, the increasingly-popular antidepressant drug. A study published in Diabetic Medicine, May 1995, reported that fluoxetine may help elderly people with type 2 diabetes lose weight.
Premixed Insulin Easier to Use For the Elderly
Dec 1, 1992 | 
A study from Italy has found that elderly diabetes patients using self-mixed insulin commonly make errors in the measurement of their insulin. The researchers recommend using premixed insulin to reduce difficulty and increase accuracy of insulin injections. The report of the study is published in Diabetes Care, November 1992.
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