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New insights into the prevalence and predictors of hypoglycaemia presented at IDF 2017
Professor Linong Ji of the DISCOVER Scientific Committee presented the most recent analysis of hypoglycaemia from the DISCOVER study at the 2017 International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Congress on 4–8 December in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
In this analysis of data from 12 679 patients, 5.0% of patients were recorded as having experienced at least one hypoglycaemic event in the past month (minor events) or one major hypoglycaemic event in the past year (major events). The prevalence of hypoglycaemia varied greatly across regions (across-region range: 2.9–7.7%).
Several patient factors were identified as being associated with a history of experiencing hypoglycaemia. These included receiving sulphonylureas as first-line therapy, having a history of diabetes-related vascular complications and being of young age. Importantly, having a history of any hypoglycaemic event was associated with increased hypoglycaemia worry and avoidance behaviours, as measured using the Hypoglycaemia Fear Survey-II. These findings demonstrate a clear need for individualization of glucose-lowering therapies to reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia and its adverse effects on patient health and quality of life. More information about this presentation can be found on the DISCOVER website here.
Thank you to all the DISCOVER investigators for their hard work which made this presentation possible. For further updates, please keep visiting the DISCOVER website.
Approval ID: Z4-8449 Date of preparation: 11/01/2018 Date of expiry:11/01/2019