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Hypoglycaemia doubles risk of death in critically ill

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Critically ill patients with mild to moderate hypoglycaemia are almost twice as likely to die as critically ill patients with normal blood sugar, latest suggest US study results.

Researchers, who studied almost 5,000 ICU patients, found 36.6 per cent of those with hypoglycaemia died compared to 19.7 per cent of those without the condition. They said any tolerance of mild to moderate hypoglycaemia by ICU clinicians was “undesirable”.

Continuous glucose monitoring of ICU patients might help avoid hypoglycaemia or identify it earlier, they said online in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.    

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