Anemia in diabetic patients

Clin Geriatr Med. 2008 Aug;24(3):529-40, vii. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2008.03.003.


Anemia is common in diabetic patients and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The observations that diabetes-related chronic kidney disease is more common than chronic kidney disease of other etiologies, that anemia may occur earlier in diabetes-related chronic kidney disease than in other types of chronic kidney disease, and that anemia in diabetes-related kidney disease often is found without measurable renal impairment suggest that the diabetic population may have a predilection to the development of anemia. Anemia is associated with a poorer prognosis in diabetic-associated comorbid conditions, but targeted correction of anemia has improved diabetic patients' quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Anemia / diagnosis*
  • Anemia / etiology
  • Anemia / therapy*
  • Diabetic Nephropathies / complications*
  • Diabetic Nephropathies / diagnosis*
  • Diabetic Nephropathies / therapy
  • Female
  • Hematinics / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Risk Factors


  • Hematinics