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Editorial
July 4, 2017

Hypoglycemia in DiabetesDoes Insulin Type Matter?

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
JAMA. 2017;318(1):31-32. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.8075

Diabetes care has made tremendous strides since the discovery of insulin in 1921. Today, patients with diabetes are living longer with fewer complications than previously imagined even 50 years ago. Despite these advances, hypoglycemia remains a significant clinical problem for patients treated with insulin and insulin secretagogues. A recent study1 of patients with diabetes treated with insulin from 24 countries demonstrated that self-reported hypoglycemia was experienced by more than 80% of patients with type 1 diabetes and nearly half of patients with type 2 diabetes during the course of 1 month.

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