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Study Finds ER Visits for Hypoglycemia At Record High

Reuters reports on a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine that has found that a staggering number of people are sent to the emergency room each year for hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. Researchers estimated “that there were 97,648 ER visits every year between 2007 and 2011 attributed to insulin-related hypoglycemia and errors. That accounted for about 9 percent of all ER visits attributed to drug reactions.” These hypoglycemic events were often linked to failure to adjust insulin dose for meal size and to taking insulin but forgetting to eat. Experts urge diabetic patients to be better educated about the use of insulin and to be aware of the first signs of hypoglycemia which, if left untreated, can cause seizures, loss of consciousness, or even death.

Read the article published by Reuters.

Read the study in JAMA Internal Medicine.