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Hypoglycemia in Diabetes May Lead to Cardiovascular Events

A recent study suggests that diabetic patients who experience low blood sugar (also known as hypoglycemia) are at a higher risk of having a cardiovascular event and of dying from a cardiovascular event than those who do not experience low blood sugar.

The researchers used data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink database. They found that people who experienced hypoglycemia were at a 60% higher risk of experiencing a cardiovascular event and were 2 to 2.5 times more likely to die than those who did not experience hypoglycemia.

They believe that this is because diabetics are at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease due to the formation of plaque in their blood vessels. Therefore, when their blood sugar drops, potentially fatal cardiovascular events can be triggered.

Researchers from the Imperial College London, the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Novo Nordisk A/S conducted the study. It was published online ahead of print on December 9, 2014, in Diabetes Care.

People with diabetes get hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) when their bodies do not have enough sugar to use as fuel. Several things can cause hypoglycemia, including diet and some medications. Certain medical conditions can also make hypoglycemia more common in people with diabetes. Exercise may also trigger hypoglycemia.

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