Falls risk in older adults with type 2 diabetes

Clin Geriatr Med. 2015 Feb;31(1):89-99, viii. doi: 10.1016/j.cger.2014.09.002. Epub 2014 Nov 15.


Falls are a major health issue for older adults, especially for those who develop type 2 diabetes who must contend with age-related declines in balance, muscle strength, and walking ability. They must also contend with health-related issues specific to the disease process. Given the general association between these variables and falls, being able to identify which measures negatively impact on balance in older diabetic persons is a critical step. Moreover, designing specific interventions to target these physiologic functions underlying balance and gait control will produce the greatest benefit for reducing falls in older persons with diabetes.

Keywords: Falls; Older adults; Risk; Type 2 diabetes.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / prevention & control*
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cognition
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / complications*
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / physiopathology
  • Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2 / psychology
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Strength
  • Polypharmacy
  • Postural Balance
  • Risk Factors