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.