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Type 2 diabetes now affects approximately 10% of adult Americans, and rates continue to grow exponentially —a nationwide epidemic. Linked to the prevalence of obesity, type 2 diabetes is widely diagnosed in young and old alike. As the population ages, the disease presents an increasingly enormous burden on the healthcare system.

Currently, 25% of people over the age of 60 have type 2 diabetes. With advancing age, patients' risk for comorbidities such as myocardial infarction and cognitive impairment rises significantly, as does the risk for hypoglycemia and polypharmacy.

Leading endocrinologists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical System in Bronx County, which has one of the highest diabetes rates in New York City, discuss strategies to slow progression of type 2 diabetes and manage age-related comorbidities.

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