About this Research Topic
Almost a quarter of the population is elderly in some countries, and the figures will likely grow in all countries in the next decades. Older people suffer more from chronic comorbidities with advancing age. The economic and social burden of disabled older people is expected to force every country irrespective of their financial source availability. Therefore, many of the current care models will insufficiently meet the needs of an aged population with multiple comorbidities in the near future.
Physical and cognitive functions are frequently impaired in diabetes mellitus, particularly in older adults with long-standing disease. Studies have shown that the impact of reduced self-capacity in doing daily tasks is significant across the patient, carers, and health systems.
Not surprisingly, cognitive and physical dysfunctions are common also in individuals with chronic kidney disease, especially in the later stages.
Long term outcomes of diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease share similarities, and increase the need for specialized care. These may include nutritional disorders, sarcopenia, cachexia, falls, fractures, frailty, sleep disturbances, anxiety/depression, and social dysfunction, which are also associated with physical and cognitive decline. Therefore, the combined impact of diabetes mellitus and kidney disease on an individual's overall health could be expected to be more than doubling.
The goal of this research topic under the Diabetes Nephropathy is to highlight studies across a broad spectrum, from basic research to clinical cohorts and trials, on the potential interrelation of diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease in the context of physical and cognitive impairment. The progress in this field could lead to meaningful advances in healthcare promotion to older people.
Our objective is to create a platform to collect innovative submissions from researchers worldwide studying diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, aging, gerontology, geriatrics, and neuroscience.
Keywords: Diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease, nephropathy, aging, physical functions, cognitive functions
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