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Managing Hypoglycemia in Primary Care

This supplement was sponsored by the Primary Care Education Consortium and the Primary Care Metabolic Group and was supported by Novo Nordisk, Inc. It has been edited and peer reviewed by The Journal of Family Practice.


Hypoglycemia is one of the most serious complications associated with glucose-lowering therapy and is a barrier to initiating, intensifying, and optimizing therapy, as well as long-term adherence. The risk and severity of hypoglycemia can be reduced through careful selection and use of glucose-lowering therapy based on patient characteristics and capabilities. Also of critical importance is to help patients improve self-management by providing support, education, and interventions in consideration of cultural beliefs, health literacy and numeracy, hypoglycemia awareness, and past experience with hypoglycemia.

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