Hypoglycemia on the rise, can lead to coma if untreated

, 12:34 PM IST

Hospital admissions with patients diagnosed by hypoglycemia have seen a 39 per cent rise in last ten years, a study by an Indian-origin scientist has said.

Hypoglycemia is a short-term and avoidable complication of diabetes where the blood sugar of a person with diabetes drops to dangerously low levels.

“Given the continuous rise of diabetes prevalence, ageing population, and costs associated with hypoglycemia, individual and national initiatives should be implemented to reduce the burden of hospital admissions for hypos,” said Kamlesh Khunti, Professor at the University of Leicester.

According to the study, published in journal The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, most hypoglycemic episodes are generally mild and can be self-treated by eating or drinking glucose tablets, sweets, sugary fizzy drinks or fruit juice. But if untreated hypoglycemic can lead to coma, hospitalisation and death.