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Journal of Clinical Diabetes & Practice
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Hypoglycemia in Elderly Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Paweł Piątkiewicz*
Department of Internal Medicine, Diabetology and Endocrinology, Warsaw Medical University, Poland
*Corresponding Author : Paweł Piątkiewicz
Department of Internal Medicine, Diabetology and Endocrinology
Warsaw Medical University, Warsaw, Poland
Tel: +48 22 326 58 17
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: April 2, 2016 Accepted: April 4, 2016 Published: April 11, 2016
Citation: Piatkiewicz P (2016) Hypoglycemia in Elderly Type 2 Diabetes Patients. J Clin Diabetes Pract 1:e101.
Copyright: © 2016 Piątkiewicz P. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
 

Abstract

Hypoglycemia is a condition of reduced blood glucose level below 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol/l). Hypoglycemic coma is a medical emergency which usually associated with glycemia around 20 mg/dl (1.1 mmol/l). Prolonged severe hypoglycemia may result in permanent neurological disorders. Hypoglycemia also has a negative impact on the cardiovascular system. Severe hypoglycemia may induce ventricular arrhythmias. Severe hypoglycemia requiring hospitalization in patients with type 2 diabetes occurred mostly in elderly. Low hemoglobin HbA1c level indicates inappropriate intensification of therapy as a main cause of severe hypoglycemia in elderly patients.

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