Hypoglycemia Education Needed for Diabetes Patients

In a recent survey of 1,000 adults living with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, 62% expressed concern about experiencing hypoglycemia but only 42% were unable to define hypoglycemia correctly. The survey findings were announced by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE).

The survey also showed that adults were uncertain about how to prevent or manage the condition. Almost all of the surveyed adults (98%) recognized the importance of controlling hypoglycemia, and 81% recognized the serious health consequences if left unmanaged.

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Other key findings included:

  • About 42% of respondents were unable to define hypoglycemia correctly
  • Only 30% of respondents cited avoiding alcohol as a way to prevent hypoglycemia
  • About 49% of respondents were unaware that taking glucose tablets could help treat a hypoglycemic episode

The AADE reported that results from this survey highlight the need for increased knowledge about hypoglycemia.

For more information visit DiabetesEducator.org.