Diabetes and aging: epidemiologic overview

Clin Geriatr Med. 2008 Aug;24(3):395-405, v. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2008.03.005.


Diabetes mellitus has long been recognized as a cause of accelerated aging. As the understanding of the metabolic syndrome has evolved, it has been recognized that the interaction of a panoply of factors in the presence of insulin resistance results in accelerated aging. This article explores the increasing prevalence of diabetes mellitus with aging and how insulin resistance leads to accelerated frailty, disability, hospitalization, institutionalization, and death.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aging / physiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • Diabetes Mellitus / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insulin Resistance / physiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors