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Invited Commentary
January 28, 2008

The Growing Burden of Diabetes Mellitus in the US Elderly Population—Invited Commentary

Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(2):199. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2007.57

Throughout the world, chronic diseases are becoming the dominant health challenges.1 Among these chronic diseases, diabetes mellitus, usually type 2, is everywhere.2 Indeed, the concern about diabetes is so great that the United Nations has declared the condition a potential threat to society.3 Excessive weight and physical inactivity have a major role, along with the “rectangularization of the demographic profile,” that is, fewer youth and more people older than 60 years with a greater likelihood of diabetes associated with older age.4 In a previous study, Bethel et al5 documented the excess complications and mortality in persons older than 65 years with diabetes compared with a control group without diabetes.

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