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Medical science is always evolving. When it comes to treating diabetes, we've been taught - and continue to practice - that everyone should set their glycemic target - or A1C - at less than 7.
There is now a convincing body of evidence that for some patients a target of less than 7 isn't always the safest or most beneficial. Hypoglycemia is one of our biggest safety concerns for patients who have tighter control. In 2010, more than 25 million adults in the United States had diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes mellitus.
Among patients 65 and older, 2 of the most common medication classes associated with emergency department visits were hypoglycemic agents. Yet, nearly all cases of hypoglycemia are considered preventable.
We can make care safer by individualizing care and improving communication between patients and health care providers.
How can we prevent hypoglycemia? What role does individual care play? And how can you implement these strategies with your patients? I invite you to join me to learn more about the answers to these questions.
Hi, I'm Dr. Justin Mills. For the next hour, I'll be walking you through some of the main themes you'll learn in each lesson.