Survey highlights importance of educating patients with type 2 diabetes about their blood sugar

Those who suffer from type 2 diabetes and frequently experience low blood sugar, otherwise known as hypoglycemia, during typical activities may be interested to learn that they're actually not alone in this battle. A recent survey of type 2 diabetes patients suffering from hypoglycemic episodes found further proof that more education in how diabetic patients can maintain their blood sugar is necessary.

The survey's results were presented during the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 20th Annual Meeting and Clinical Congress. According to the report, more than 55 percent of people with type 2 diabetes said that they have experienced hypoglycemia, with the highest prevalence of the episodes happening during daily activities.

There were approximately 2,530 responses from adults who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, reports that 42 percent of respondents experienced low blood sugar during daily tasks such as working, 26 percent felt it during exercise and 19 percent felt a hypoglycemic episode occurring while they were driving.

Respondents even gave key testimony of the struggles they experienced with the disease, particularly with what happens if they have a sudden episode of low blood sugar.

The researchers noted that it's important that doctors work to educate their diabetic patients on the importance of maintaining their blood sugar to prevent hypoglycemic episodes, as they can sometimes be quite serious and lead to hospitalization.

"Low blood sugar can be an alarming experience for people with type 2 diabetes, and failure to recognize and treat symptoms in a timely manner can cause serious complications," said Etie Moghissi, AACE vice president and associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Low blood sugar can be avoided, so it's important for patients to know what can cause blood sugar levels to drop and talk with their doctor about how they can reduce the frequency of future episodes."