Frequent hypoglycemia among elderly patients with poor glycemic control.

Munshi, Medha N; Segal, Alissa R; Suhl, Emmy; Staum, Elizabeth; Desrochers, Laura; Sternthal, Adrianne; Giusti, Judy; McCartney, Richard; Lee, Yishan; Bonsignore, Patricia; Weinger, Katie
Archives of internal medicine; 2011 Feb 28;171(4):362-4. PMID: 21357814
Sections of Adult Diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center, Division of Gerontology, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA.


Episodes of hypoglycemia are particularly dangerous in the older population. To reduce the risk of hypoglycemia, relaxation of the standard hemoglobin A(1c) (HbA(1c)) goals has been proposed for frail elderly patients. However, the risk of hypoglycemia in this population with higher HbA(1c) levels is unknown.