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Caring for older patients with diabetes is a major public health and policy challenge. The prevalence of diabetes is high, with 20% of adults older than 65 years having a known diagnosis of diabetes (estimated at 7.8 million persons in the United States).1 Compared with their nondiabetic peers, older adults with diabetes have a higher risk of microvascular and cardiovascular diseases, geriatric conditions (eg, falls, dementia), and hypoglycemia. Diabetes is so prevalent that its management frequently serves as a core chronic condition in quality-of-care assessments.
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