Vladimír Uličiansky, Zbynek Schroner
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting older persons with increasing incidence and prevalence. Patophysiology of DM in elderly is unique and the therapeutic approach should be different than in younger patients population. Accurate diagnosis of DM is essential in a geriatric population due to high associated morbidity and mortality. Evaluating the patient on an individual basis, and determining the functional status and the burden of comorbidities and medications, is essential for optimal management. Management of DM require a team approach. Access to specialists is mandatory requirement if high quality of care is to be achieved. An important chalange in this patient population is the appropriate prescribing of medication.