Can Diabetes Cause Infections?

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Serious Infections In Elderly Patients With Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common disease that affects 7%–8% of the overall adult population of the United States [1]. DM occurs in 18% of persons between the ages of 65 and 75 years and in as many as 40% of persons >80 years old; in addition, 23% of persons aged 65–70 years have impaired glucose tolerance, and nearly 50% of cases in elderly individuals with DM remain undiagnosed [2, 3]. Some investigators have linked persistently elevated glucose levels in individuals with DM to the subsequent development of infection and/or to the inability to control established infection [4]. Although optimal glycemic control contributes to the prevention of common and life-threatening infections associated with DM, the enhanced susceptibility to infection has also been attributed to defects in both cell-mediated immunity (CMI) and humoral immunity [5]; furthermore, immune senescence, which occurs as a result of aging and which predominantly affects CMI, results in increased risk for intracellular bacterial, mycobacterial, fungal, and viral infections [6, 7]. Clinical experience has clearly demonstrated that elderly individuals with DM are especially susceptible to infection. Although infe Continue reading >>

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