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Tech reduces hypos in

the elderly

Hypoglycaemia - low blood glucose - is more common

in older people and can lead to severe physical and

cognitive impairment if left untreated.

Dr Ahmed El-Laboudi, a

consultant endocrinologist

and diabetologist at ICLDC,

from Imperial College

London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC),

explains that diabetes education and

the latest technology can play a large

part in managing and preventing

dangerous episodes. He says, "Several

factors, including the increased

duration of diabetes and age-related

physiological changes, make the

elderly more prone to hypos."

In elderly people, hypos can

lead to serious consequences. For

example, being unable to compose

themselves during an attack can

result in falls and fractures. It also

increases the risk of arrhythmias,

and studies have also shown a link to

dementia. Alongside education, new

technologies - such as continuous

glucose monitoring (CGM) - can help

manage blood glucose levels, alerting

them when they are at risk and

significantly improving their quality

of life.

Dr El-Laboudi explains, "CGM

technology can be very liberating

for people with diabetes who have

frequent episodes of hypoglycaemia,

not only because they help identify

unrecognised hypoglycaemic

episodes, but also because they are

equipped with alarms that sound

when hypoglycaemia is reached

or predicted. This is particularly

crucial for patients who may have

an episode while asleep, or if they

do not experience classic warning

symptoms of hypoglycaemia.

CGM devices are valuable tools for

physicians, too, because they are

constantly relaying data points, such

as when a patient is experiencing

high or low blood sugar, and what

is happening when they are asleep,

when they eat and when they

exercise. This insight can help us

adjust therapy in a way that improves

the patient's control over their

glucose levels without raising the

risk of hypoglycaemia. Furthermore,

CGM technology plays an essential

role in an effective telemedicine

ecosystem and has shown its value

during COVID-19 related lockdown,

since CGM users can share their data

remotely with their healthcare team."

Trade off?

ICLDC's multidisciplinary team,

which includes diabetologists,

endocrinologists, diabetes educators,

dietitians and psychologists, provides

ongoing support and education to

help people live well with diabetes.

The centre is seeing an increase in

patients in the UAE adopt glucose

monitoring devices to manage their

condition. The centre has more than

4,000 patients who use CGMs.

Using an example of a 68-yearold, Dr El-Laboudi

states that

many elderly patients believe

hypoglycaemia is either something

they must live with or try to avoid

by keeping their glucose levels high,

saying: "This patient believed that

having episodes of low blood sugar

was a trade-off that came with

avoiding high blood sugar levels. She

did not have many classical warming

symptoms either and did not realise

the risk of frequent exposure to

hypoglycaemia. But armed with the

knowledge from our educators and

data that she has been receiving from

her device, she has been able to deal

with them better and reduce future

episodes."

As reported by MenaFM.

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