The number of elderly adults has increased worldwide. However, the population’s increased life expectancy has led to new problems in healthcare systems including the appointment of further resources to the management of problems inherent to aging, such as disability and the control of a greater number of chronic diseases. With an increased life expectancy, the probability of becoming ill also increases, and a disease entity shown to have increased in prevalence and incidence among the elderly, is Diabetes Mellitus (DM). According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), there are over 12.2 million individuals aged 60 or older with the diagnosis of DM in the United States and the number increases annually. This same phenomenon has also been observed in developing countries such as Mexico.
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Vol. 62 Núm.4. Julio-Agosto 2010 Pags. 302-304 Rev Invest Clin 2010; 62(4-ENGLISH)