Is It Hypoglycemia or Dementia?

With diabetes on the rise in the U.S. and its accompanying concern regarding hyperglycemia (high blood sugar), hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) seems to be given short shrift. In an article entitled “Hypoglycemia Rising in Older People With Diabetes”, the New York Times gives it some of the attention it deserves.

177008288Hypoglycemia is a serious condition especially in older segments of the population 75 and older. Impaired kidney function and adverse reactions from drugs prescribed along side their diabetic medication are two of several things that make hypoglycemia much more of a concern for seniors. Hypoglycemia can cause a host of symptoms such as intermittent dementia, shakiness, sweats, dizziness, overall weakness, blurry vision and intense hunger.

Senior caregivers must be attuned to these symptoms of hypoglycemia before it causes a misdiagnosis of dementia or, worse, results in a loss of consciousness or even death.

It is something that we can no longer ignore. According to studies published in JAMA Internal Medicine, hospital admissions for this condition jumped 11.7% between the years 1999 and 2011 for hypoglycemia while they decreased by 38.6% for hyperglycemia. One study remarked, “Hospital admissions rates for hypoglycemia now exceed those for hyperglycemia.” In fact, hypoglycemia was the third most common complication for the 70 and over population segment.

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