Approaches to Risk Assessment Among Older Patients With Diabetes

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Purpose of Review: A patient’s prognosis and risk of adverse drug effects are important considerations for individualizing care of older patients with diabetes. This review summarizes the evidence for risk assessment and proposes approaches for clinicians in the context of current clinical guidelines. Recent Findings: Diabetes guidelines vary in their recommendations for how life expectancy should be estimated and used to inform the selection of glycemic targets. Readily available prognostic tools may improve estimation of life expectancy but require validation among patients with diabetes. Treatment decisions based on prognosis are difficult for clinicians to communicate and for patients to understand. Determining hypoglycemia risk involves assessing major risk factors; models to synthesize these factors have been developed. Summary: Applying risk assessment to individualize diabetes care is complex and currently relies heavily on clinician judgment. More research is need to validate structured approaches to risk assessment and determine how to incorporate them into patient-centered diabetes care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number59
JournalCurrent diabetes reports
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2019


  • Aged
  • Aging
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Prognosis
  • Risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


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