Researchers have developed and validated a practical tool for identifying diabetes patients who are at the highest risk for ending up in an emergency department or hospital due to severe hypoglycemia, or very low blood sugar.

The study was led by a team from Kaiser Permanente, which included Elbert Huang, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. Their results are published today in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Advances in care have reduced the risk of long-term complications and death for more than 25 million Americans with diabetes, which is characterized by high blood sugar. At the same time, patients sometimes experience dangerously low blood sugar levels while taking diabetes medications, especially after skipping a meal or exercising harder than usual.


SRC: Science Life