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Cognitive dysfunction in diabetes: how to implement emerging guidelines – published online 16/08/2019

Cognitive dysfunction in diabetes: how to implement emerging guidelines – published online 16/08/2019

Geert J. Biessels, Rachel A. Whitmer

Individuals with diabetes are at increased risk of cognitive impairment and this has consequences for aspects of their daily life, diabetes treatment and prognosis. Recent diabetes guidelines, therefore, recommend routine screening for cognitive impairment, particularly in older individuals with diabetes. However, this is not yet common practice. In this issue, Biessels and Whitmer (https://doi.org/10.1007/s00125-019-04977-9) review cognitive impairment in individuals with diabetes, including its clinical features at different stages of cognitive dysfunction and its impact on those affected. They address the emerging guidelines and pinpoint issues that will need to be resolved to effectively put this guidance into practice to optimise individualised care for people with diabetes and cognitive impairment.

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