Hypoglycemia, meaning low blood glucose levels, is an acute complication of diabetes. In severe cases, when left untreated, it can result in patients experiencing convulsions or a coma, making it a major cause of anxiety and fear for parents whose children have diabetes.
Over the past decade, the types of insulin and ways to treat diabetes and monitor blood glucose levels has improved, and there are indications the overall number of patients experiencing severe hypoglycaemic events has decreased.
Researchers are investigating the demographic, lifestyle and diabetes management factors associated with severe hypoglycaemia. We are aiming to provide clinicians and diabetes educators with better knowledge about which patients are at higher risk of severe hypoglycaemia and how to best minimise this risk.