Ann Geriatr Med Res.  2019 Dec;23(4):165-169. 10.4235/agmr.19.0036.

Frailty and Disability in Diabetes

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, Kangwon National University Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 3Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


Diabetes is an important health problem with the population aging. Previously, it is well established that diabetes is associated with microvascular and macrovascular complications, but recently, several data suggest that diabetes is accompanied with frailty as well as disability among the older adults. Considering the clinical significance of frailty and disability, it is important to understand the pathway from diabetes to frailty and/or disability. Additionally, it is strongly recommended to find a new therapeutic intervention are required to meet the increasing demand of managing older diabetic patients with the population aging.


Frail elderly; Diabetes mellitus; Disability
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