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Hypoglycaemia and the older patient

Introduction
Definitions
Incidence and risk factors
Counter regulatory responses
Consequences of hypoglycaemia
Goals of treatment
Conclusion
References

Introduction

Hypoglycaemia in the elderly population is one of the most challenging complications encountered in the management of diabetes mellitus. The occurrence of hypoglycaemia, in particular when it is severe (ie. requiring third party assistance), often results in short and long-term consequences. In the ageing population, recurrent hypoglycaemia can affect physical and psychological wellbeing as well as being associated with premature mortality.

 


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