Diabetes Forecast

Hypoglycemia Isn't Uncommon in Type 2

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Low blood glucose is a potential problem for all people with diabetes, not just those on insulin. In a study of more than 9,000 people with type 2 diabetes, nearly 11 percent reported experiencing a severe low (in which the person passed out or needed help treating hypoglycemia) in the prior year. Serious lows were common in people of all levels of glucose control, though participants with A1Cs under 6 percent or A1Cs of 9 percent or greater were most at risk. The researchers say medications, such as insulin and sulfonylureas, that are used to treat consistently elevated blood glucose may contribute to the increased risk of lows in people with high A1Cs.
Source: Diabetes Care, published online July 30, 2013



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