Many Diabetes Patients At Risk Of Hypoglycemia, Research Shows

Suffering from diabetes can lead to other types of health conditions, some minor and some more serious than others. One such condition is hypoglycemia that translates to low blood sugar. Per a new study, people with diabetes are more likely to develop it, as opposed to previous knowledge that only those with type 1 diabetes have an increased risk of it.

The research comes along with a surprising revelation concerning diabetes treatment and how the United States may be at danger due to “over-treating” it. Per the study, which is made by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, many people are apparently receiving too much of glucose lowering therapy.

As a condition, diabetes is characterized by high or an overflow of blood sugar, and so lowering those levels is an important part of treating it. However, the research revealed how the U.S. may be lowering it too much that could lead to hypoglycemia, which is what happens when our blood sugar levels are abnormally low.

"Hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose, is one of the most common serious adverse effects of diabetes therapy, causing both immediate and long term harm to [people] who experience it," lead researcher Dr. Rozalina McCoy explained. "Severe hypoglycemia, defined by the need for another person to help the patient treat and terminate their hypoglycemic event, is associated with increased risk of death, cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, falls and  fractures, and poor quality of life.”

To do the research, Dr. McCoy and her colleagues used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from the years 2011-2014. They also used information from the OptumLabs Data Warehouse.

From these, they were able to find out that between the years mentioned above, around 2.3 million people suffering from diabetes received intensive treatment that is higher than the recommended amount.

According to Dr. McCoy, overtreatment is just as harmful as undertreatment and warns that the dangers of overtreatment should be highlighted more.

Furthermore, she also said that healthcare providers should be responsible enough to hit the balance in the middle whenever they treat conditions, be it diabetes or not.

diabetes The American Diabetes Association estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans are being diagnosed with the disease every year in the country. Pixabay