alexa Abstract | Hypoglycemia in Elderly Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Journal of Clinical Diabetes & Practice
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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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Author(s): Paweł Piątkiewicz

Keywords

Hypoglycemia, Type 2 diabetes, Elderly, Diabetes clinical trials, Diabetic neuropathy

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