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Revista de Ciencias Médicas de Pinar del Río

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PADRON GONZALEZ, Odalis et al. Epidemiological and clinical characteristics of old people suffering from diabetes mellitus. Rev Ciencias Médicas [online]. 2013, vol.17, n.4, pp.2-10. ISSN 1561-3194.

Introduction: the increase of diabetes mellitus all over the world turns this entity into a serious health problem not only for the diabetic subjects but also for the society. Objective: to characterize the epidemiological and clinical variables in old patients suffering from diabetes mellitus at “Luis Augusto Turcios Lima” University outpatient clinic during July to December 2011. Material and Method: a descriptive, cross-sectional study that included 75 diabetic patients older than 60 years old; a form was filled out with the data required: age, sex, type of diabetes, nutritional assessment, and age of onset, personal pathological history, family relationship, associated diseases with diabetes, toxic habits and complications. Results: female sex prevailed; the onset prevailed in people from 30-59 years old. Hypertension was the most frequent associated disease, the greatest percent was observed in diabetic patients with normal weights, no smokers, and polyneuropathy classified as the most important complication. Conclusions: primary health care must give priority to the diabetic old patient in order to contribute to the improvement of their quality of life achieving a satisfactory longevity in this group of ages.

Keywords : Diabetes mellitas; Aged; Epidemiology; Clinical medicine.

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