Low Blood Sugar Risk Is Often Not Addressed in Diabetes Care

March 6, 2018 Updated March 6, 2018


Doctors often lack the resources to identify, assess, and manage people with type 2 diabetes who are at increased risk for developing low blood sugar – hypoglycemia – according to the Endocrine Society and Avalere Health, a health and science consulting firm in Washington, D.C.


This is significant because research shows that people who take insulin to treat their type 2 diabetes experience an average of one severe and 23 mild or moderate episodes of hypoglycemia each year. Severe hypoglycemia can cause loss of consciousness, seizures, and death. For this recent analysis, researchers analyzed 750 relevant scientific articles published within the last five years, 31 in detail.

According to the researchers, efforts to prevent hypoglycemia should focus on ways to help primary care providers identify patients at high risk. These patients may benefit from individualized glycemic targets and education about how to recognize and manage low blood sugar.

Sourced from: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

Diane Domina

Diane is a Senior Content Producer at Remedy Health Media. She writes the Daily Dose for HealthCentral and is the editorial director at HealthCommunities. Her goal is to contribute to a valuable, trustworthy, and informative experience for people who are searching for health information online.

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