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Diabetes Treatment May Cause Hypoglycemia

Diabetes is one of the most common health problems across the globe. Researchers associate different lifestyle and diet factors that may lead to its development. Whereas type 2 of the disease is spreading at a quicker rate, diabetes type 1 is also prevalent.

According to the previous studies,  a person who gets a diabetes type 1 diagnosis is because of a genetic disposition. People with the gene that puts a person at a higher risk of the condition have complications at birth as well.

The symptoms of the disease are either there since birth or develop later on. Patients of diabetes type 1 usually receive treatment as soon as the signs of pre-diabetes appear. On the other hand, type 2 diabetes is mainly due to lifestyles and not genetics.

However, it is equally dangerous and requires immediate medical attention to stop it from further development. The majority of the patients of either the form almost always receive intense medical treatments.

In the midst of doing so, the risk of another complication increases which is hypoglycemia. This means that the blood-sugar levels of the person may become lower than required while trying to normalize them.

The condition is associated with dangerous health issues. The includes conditions such as heart disease, fractures, and cognitive impairment.  A new study from Mayo Clinic in Rochester explores further on this very negative effect of diabetic treatment.

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In consonance with the researchers, hypoglycemia as a result of diabetes treatment is more common than people assume. The findings of the study appear in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Read the study here.

What Was the Research Method?

Diabetes of one of the leading causes of poor quality of life in the United States. Moreover, the cases of both of the types are increasing day by day. Researchers at the mayo clinic state that many of the patients receiving treatment may get more dosage than required.

More specifically, they observe how most of the patients get more medicines than their requirement. Hence, their Hemoglobin A1C decreases instead of stabilizing.

In their new study, the researchers concluded with these findings after examining 4,804 emergency rooms and 4,774 hospitals. The period of observation lasted for around two years.

To do so, they took data from OptumLabs Data Warehouse and National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The years covered in the data were between 2011 to 2014.

Firstly, they searched for the answer to the question of how common intensive treatment for diabetes is in the country. Secondly, they looked for the number of people who had scheduled appointments or ended up in emergency rooms due to hypoglycemia.

What Was the Result?

After investigation of the data, the researchers saw 10.7 million had an appropriate amount of Hemoglobin A1C levels. However, around twenty-two percent of these actually received intensive treatment for diabetes.

More precisely, this highlights how 2.3 million people received a higher than needed treatment for diabetes. This was applicable in all cases. Around 32.3 percent of the ten million had complex profiles. This means that they had more than one health condition or were over the age of seventy-five.

The reason for this may be because diabetes is a global pandemic and health professionals are more focused on it. In the midst of doing so, they may forget that it can have a negative impact such as hypoglycemia.

 

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