Diabetes mellitus affects approximately 25% of United States adults aged 65 years and older, and the disease often complicates the aging process. Diabetes management requires attention to 3 treatment modalities: exercise, medical nutrition therapy, and medications. The main objective when working with patients who have diabetes is to optimize life while providing interventions to minimize organ system impairment, which may cause reduced body function and, subsequently, decreased life participation.
Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy Program (Dr Wenker); and University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy, and Diabetes Clinic, William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin (Dr Walbrandt Pigarelli).
Correspondence: Susan L. Wenker, PT, PhD, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, 5170 Medical Sciences Center, 1300 University Ave, Madison, WI 53706 (email@example.com).
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