Posted on Apr 20, 2011, 6 a.m.
Middle-aged diabetic adults are more likely to develop age-related conditions such as cognitive impairment, incontinence, dizziness, vision impairment and pain.
Men and women in their 50s with diabetes have nearly double the risk for developing age-related conditions including cognitive impairment, incontinence, falls, dizziness, vision impairment and pain, as compared to same-age counterparts who do not have diabetes. Christine Cigolle, from the University of Michigan Health System (Michigan, USA), and colleagues observe that: "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."
Christine T. Cigolle, Pearl G. Lee, Kenneth M. Langa, Yuo-Yu Lee, Zhiyi Tian, et al. “Geriatric Conditions Develop in Middle-Aged Adults with Diabetes.” J General Internal Medicine, March 2011, Volume 26, Number 3, Pages 272-279.