Severe Hypoglycemia Increases Mortality Among Diabetic Patients

Indian physicians should provide improved education to their patients regarding hypoglycemia, and should get patients’ families involved in diabetes management, especially for patients who are illiterate.


"Physicians should provide better education of the patients, recommend cost effective medication, provide proper evaluation of complications, and involve the family in managing an illiterate patient."
DR. S R ARAVIND, Director of Diacon Hospital, Bangalore; Vice President of Diabetes India

The Diabetes India website (http://www.diabetesindia.com/diabetes/dont_hypo_yourself.htm) provides key information that should be shared with patients, including a checklist of the classic symptoms of hypoglycemia. Patients with diabetes -- and their families -- should be taught to watch for the most common symptoms of a hypoglycemic episode:

Key Point: Indian physicians should be aware of the risks associated with hypoglycemia and should be prepared to discuss the symptoms and prevention of hypoglycemia with their patients.
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Tachycardia
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Hunger
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Visual disturbances
  • Confusion
  • Seizures

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