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11-02-2017 | Hypoglycemia | Practical approach | Article

Practical Approaches to Diagnosing, Treating and Preventing Hypoglycemia in Diabetes

Journal:
Diabetes Therapy

Authors: Kathryn Evans Kreider, Katherine Pereira, Blanca I. Padilla

Publisher: Springer Healthcare

Abstract

Hypoglycemia in individuals with diabetes can increase the risk of morbidity and all-cause mortality in this patient group, particularly in the context of cardiovascular impairment, and can significantly decrease the quality of life. Hypoglycemia can present one of the most difficult aspects of diabetes management from both a patient and healthcare provider perspective. Strategies used to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia include individualizing glucose targets, selecting the appropriate medication, modifying diet and lifestyle and applying diabetes technology. Using a patient-centered care approach, the provider should work in partnership with the patient and family to prevent hypoglycemia through evidence-based management of the disease and appropriate education.

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