2011, Number 1
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ABSTRACTAge increasing in people is frequently associated with carbohydrate intolerance, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, prediabetes and diabetes. It almost seems that these metabolic disturbances are inevitable with age increasing. By the other hand, standard diagnostic tests are frequently misunderstood by making comparisons with younger people increasing the possibility of a wrong diagnostic and a wrong label to 60 year old patients that can take them even to hypoglycemic states. In the present work, changes in metabolism related to changes on carbohydrate metabolism in elderly are analyzed, the consequences, the ways to compensate this changes and the relationship with glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. Also, the results of glucose tolerance test curves in patients of ages from 60 to 70, 70 to 80 and 80 and older are presented, analyzing changes by decades, emphasizing the importance and necessity of an individual evaluation, using standards according to age and keeping in mind the process of elderly and metabolic changes that comes with it.
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