Medicines and Older People with Diabetes: Beliefs, Benefits and Risks
Most older people with diabetes use multiple medicines (polypharmacy).
Polypharmacy can be thoughtful and appropriate or ad hoc and inappropriate.
Medicine-related errors and adverse events are common causes of preventable hospital admissions for older people. Medicine-related adverse events also occur in hospital.
Hypoglycaemia is the most significant adverse event associated with glucose lowering medicines and can occur at any blood glucose level.
Medicine self-management becomes challenging with increasing age, functional, sensory and cognitive changes, access to health services and costs.
Blood glucose monitoring can be a useful management guide if it reflects the action profile of the prescribed glucose lowering medicines.
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