Four out of five people with type 2 diabetes who take insulin to help control their condition have experienced self-treated hypoglycaemia, according to new research which reveals the huge impact hypoglycaemic episodes can have on diabetes management .
The Global Attitudes of Patients and Physicians survey, which was funded by global healthcare company Novo Nordisk, found that 80 per cent of insulin-using type 2 diabetics have suffered self-treated hypoglycaemia, with more than a third (36 per cent) experiencing an episode within the last month.
Of these, 46 per cent reported increasing blood glucose monitoring as a result of their last episode and more than 10 per cent made changes to their long-acting insulin regime .
Additionally, 16 per cent of the patients said they did not stick to their insulin plan, while 14 per cent deliberately kept their blood sugar at a higher than recommended level in order to prevent nocturnal hypoglycaemia or night time hypos .
Although respondents said they recognised the clinical consequences of insulin non-adherence, nearly half (48 per cent) admitted to having missed a dose of basal insulin altogether, 51 per cent said they had mistimed a basal dose by more than two hours and 38 per cent said they had reduced a dose.
Of the healthcare professionals who were polled for the study, the majority (82 per cent) said they took the risk of self-treated hypoglycaemia into account when deciding on the type of insulin to prescribe, and over half (57 per cent) started patients on a smaller than recommended dose of long-acting insulin .
The findings of the survey were presented last week at the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Berlin, Germany.
80 per cent of type 2 diabetics suffer hypoglycemia
Mon, 08 Oct 2012
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