Diabetics in Their 50’s More Likely to Develop Geriatric Conditions

Researchers at the University of Michigan Health System and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System recently did a study on diabetic participants ages fifty to seventy-one.

Geriatric Conditions

The study looked at diabetics between the ages of fifty and seventy-one with age related conditions such as dizziness, vision impairment, ear impairment, incontinence, cognitive impairments, motor skill impairments, and number of falls.

Study Results

Christine Cigolle, M.D., M.P.H., an assistant professor of family medicine and internal medicine at the U-M Medical School and research scientist at the VA lead the study and her findings are as follows. "Our findings suggest that middle age adults with diabetes start to accumulate these age-related problems because diabetes affects multiple organ systems, it has the potential to contribute significantly to the development of a number of issues that we associate with aging."

Conclusion

As diabetic ages their body ages almost twice as fast putting them at risk for diseases and conditions a non-diabetic would not be at risk for during the same time period.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110331163518.htm

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