Diabetic neuropathy in older adults

Clin Geriatr Med. 2008 Aug;24(3):407-35, v. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2008.03.011.


Diabetic neuropathy is a heterogeneous disease with diverse pathology. Recognition of the clinical homolog of these pathologic processes is necessary in achieving appropriate intervention. Treatment should be individualized so the particular manifestation and underlying pathogenesis of each patient's clinical presentation are considered. In older adults, special care should be taken to manage pain while optimizing daily function and mobility, with the fewest adverse medication side effects. Older adults are at great risk for falling and fractures because of instability and weakness, and require strength exercises and coordination training. Ultimately agents that address large fiber dysfunction will be essential to reduce the gross impairment of quality of life and activities of daily living that neuropathy visits older people who have diabetes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / diagnosis
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / etiology*
  • Diabetic Neuropathies / therapy*
  • Humans